James Turner

PhD, Ecophysiologist/Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Dr

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Dr James Turner is an ecophysiologist fascinated by the physiological, ecological and behavioural responses of small mammals to different environmental constraints. He has used a range of non-model systems to investigate broad ecological patterns and their underlying physiological mechanisms using field- and laboratory-based techniques. He received his PhD in 2010 from the University of New England after examining pygmy-possum thermoregulatory biology and torpor use. He then worked for two years as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Winnipeg, Canada, where he studied the hibernation patterns, behaviour and pathophysiology of microbats affected by the fungal disease white-nose syndrome. From 2012-2017 he worked as an Alexander von Humboldt Foundation postdoctoral fellow and a research associate at the University of Hamburg, Germany, on projects related to the energetic and spatial ecology of Eurasian red squirrels and European hedgehogs.

Research Interests

  • Wildlife functional ecology, comparative physiology and conservation
  • Torpor, thermal biology and energetic ecology
  • Spatial ecology, behaviour and habitat use
  • Urbanisation, climate change and environmental influence on small mammal biology

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 13 - Climate Action

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy (Zoology), University of New England

Award Date: 20 Sep 2010

Bachelor of Science (Zoology) (Hons), University of New South Wales

Award Date: 17 May 2005

External positions

Casual Lecturer/Instructor, University of Hamburg

Jun 2014Nov 2017

Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Hamburg

Oct 2012Nov 2017

Casual Lecturer, University of Manitoba

Nov 2010Nov 2011

Laboratory Instructor, University of Winnipeg

Nov 2010Aug 2012

Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Winnipeg

Aug 2010Aug 2012

Laboratory Demonstrator, University of New England

Mar 2007Oct 2009


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