Don S. Murray is a Regents Professor in the Department of Plant and Soil Sciences at Oklahoma State University where he has been involved in research and teaching since 1978. His research focuses on the biology and ecology of weeds, weed-crop interference, and weed control systems with agronomic row crops. He teaches an undergraduate/graduate level Advanced Weed Science course. In 1991 he was selected to hold the P.E. Harrill Distinguished Professorship in Crop Science, and was appointed to Regents Professor in 1998.
Don received his B.S. degree in 1966 in Agronomy and his M.S. degree in 1968 in Agronomy (Soil Microbiology) from Oklahoma State University. After completion of his M.S. degree he served as an enlisted serviceman for 3 years with the U.S. Army in Europe. He returned to OSU in 1971 and received his Ph.D. degree in Crop Science (Weed Science) in 1974.
Following graduation Don joined CIBA-GEIGY Corporation as a Field Research Representative covering the Dakotas and Montana. The next year, Don joined the faculty of Auburn University in the Department of Agronomy and Soils, where he conducted weed science research with soybeans, and developed and taught an Advanced Weed Science course.
Don's research assignments and collaboration with co-workers and graduate students have resulted in authorship or co-authorship of 3 book chapters, over 50 journal publications, and over 160 abstracts. He has been a major advisor to 30 M.S. and 17 Ph.D. graduate students and has served on the committees of 32 others.
Don has held offices or served on committees in four weed science societies - Alabama Weed Science Society, WSSA, SWSS, and NCWSS. Don has participated in SWSS since 1972, was elected as Member-at-Large (Academia), Secretary-Treasurer, SWSS Representative to WSSA, and is now a Past President. He has Chaired several committees, served on numerous other Committees, and is a Charter Club Member of the SWSS Endowment Foundation. In addition to his SWSS activities he is a former Board Member of WSSA and NCWSS, and is a past Editor of the WSSA Abstracts. Don has been Secretary and Chairman of two Southern Regional Research Projects, and is the past Chairman of a Southern Association of Agricultural Experiment Station Directors Task Force. He was the fifth recipient of the SWSS Outstanding Young Weed Scientist Award, in 1999 was awarded WSSA Fellow, and in 2004 was presented with the SWSS Distinguished Service Award.