Terence M. Murphy

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Plant Biology

Offices and Labs

2049 Wickson


1968 PhD Cell Biology University of California, San Diego
1964 BS Biology California Institute of Technology

Research Interests

Enzymes of DNA repair. Identification of plants in forensic situations.


Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Mentoring Undergraduate Research, 1999
Division of Biological Sciences Teaching Award, 2002-2003

Department and Center Affiliations

Department of Plant Biology


American Society of Plant Biologists
American Society for Photobiology
Scandinavian Society for Plant Physiology
American Association for the Advancement of Science

CBS Grad Group Affiliations

Plant Biology

Specialties / Focus

Plant Biology
  • Cell and Developmental Biology
  • Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, and Genomics
  • Environmental and Integrative Biology

Graduate Groups not Housed in CBS

Forensic Science

Teaching Interests

Introductory biology. Plant physiology. Plant molecular biology. Critical analysis of effective techniques in college teaching.


BIS 010 General Biology
PLB 111 Plant Physiology
BIS 105 Biomolecules and Metabolism


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  • Ben-Yehuda N, Murphy TM. 2010.  Rope from the Christmas Cave:  In search of the Talmudic hemp.  Archaeological Textiles Newsletter 50: 14-19.

  • Murphy TM, Ben-Yehuda N, Taylor RE, Southon JR.  2011.  Hemp in Ancient Rope and Fabric from the Christmas Cave in Israel:  Talmudic Background and DNA Sequence Identification.  Journal of Archaeological Science 38: 2579-2588.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jas.2011.05.004

  • Murphy TM and Bola, G.  2013.   DNA identification of Salvia divinorum samples.  Forensic Science International—Genetics.  7:189-193.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.fsigen.2012.04.004

  • Ng AE, Sandoval E and Murphy TM.  2015.  Identification and individualization of Lophophora using DNA analysis of the trnL/trnF region and rbcL gene.  Journal of Forensic Sciences.  doi: 10.1111/1556-4029.12936

  • Adams KR, Johnson KL, and Murphy TM.  2015.  Prehistoric Puebloan yucca (Yucca) quids with wild tobacco (Nicotiana) contents: molecular and morphological evidence from Antelope Cave, northwestern Arizona.  Journal of Field Archaeology 40:310-324.  doi 10.1179/2042458214Y.0000000006

  • Murphy, TM, and Potter D.  2015.  Genetic distinctions among oaks in the University of California, Davis arboretum:  contributions to oak phylogeny.  http://arboretum.ucdavis.edu/research.aspx   International Oaks-- scheduled for 2017 issue.

  • Graham, AF, Adams, KR, Smith, SJ and Murphy, TM.  2017.  A New Record of Domesticated Little Barley (Hordeum pusillum Nutt.) in Colorado:  Travel, Trade, or Independent Domestication.  Kiva (submitted).