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.
Bachelor of Science (Honours):Zoology University New South Wales, 2004
PhD, University New England, 2009
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Peer Reviewed Papers
Cowan, M.A., Dunlop, J.A., Turner, J.M., Moore, H.A. & Nimmo, D.G. (2020) Artificial refuges to combat habitat loss for an endangered marsupial predator: How do they measure up? Conservation Science and Practice. 2020;e204. https://doi.org/10.1111/csp2.204
Turner, J.M. (2010) Facultative hyperthermia during a heatwave delays injurious dehydration of an arboreal marsupial. Journal of Experimental Biology. 223, jeb219378. doi:10.1242/jeb.219378
Turner, J.M. (2019) The interrelationship between torpor expression and nest site use of western and eastern pygmy-possums (Cercartetus spp.). Australian Mammalogy. doi: 10.1071/AM19005.
Thomas, L.S., Teich, E., Dausmann, K.H., Reher, S., & Turner, J.M. (2018) Degree of urbanisation affects Eurasian red squirrel activity patterns. Hystrix, doi: https://doi.org/10.4404/hystrix-00065-2018.
Turner, J.M., Reher, S., Warnecke, L. & Dausmann, K.H. (2017) Eurasian red squirrels show little seasonal variation in metabolism in food-enriched habitat. Physiological and Biochemical Zoology. 90:655-662
Subudhi, S., Rapin, N., Bollinger, T.K., Hill, J.E., Donaldson, M.E., Davy, C., Warnecke, L., Turner, J.M., Kyle, C.J., Willis, C.K.R. & Misra, V. (2017) A persistently infecting coronavirus in hibernating Myotis lucifugus, the North American little brown bat. Journal of General Virology. 98:2297-2309
Turner, J.M. & Geiser, F. (2017) The influence of natural photoperiod on seasonal torpor expression of two opportunistic marsupial hibernators. Journal of Comparative Physiology B. 187:375-383
Bohn, S.J., Turner, J.M., Warnecke, L., Mayo, C., McGuire, L.P., Misra, V., Bollinger, T.K. & Willis, C.K.R. (2016) Evidence of ‘sickness behaviour’ in bats with white-nose syndrome. Behaviour. 153: 981-1003.
Reher, S., Dausmann, K.H., Warnecke, L. & Turner, J.M. (2016) Food availability affects habitat use of Eurasian red squirrels (Sciurus vulgaris) in a semi-urban environment. Journal of Mammalogy. 97: 1543-1554.
Turner, J.M., Reher, S., Warnecke, L., Thomas, L.S., Teich, E., Gajare, E., Ruthsatz, K. & Dausmann, K.H. (2018) Urban Eurasian red squirrel ecological energetics. Presented at the Australian Mammal Society Scientific Meeting, Brisbane, 1-4 July.
Turner, J.M. (2019) Unhatched turtles know what’s hot. Journal of Experimental Biology. 222: 193110.
Turner, J.M. (2019) Environmental warming leaves fish all at sea. Journal of Experimental Biology. doi: 10.1242/jeb.192930.
Turner, J.M. (2019) It's a small world on a hot leaf. Journal of Experimental Biology 222: jeb192773.
Turner, J.M. (2019) Nocturnal living beats the heat. Journal of Experimental Biology 222: jeb192633.
Predicting the response of animals to heat waves—the role of diet, metabolic efficiency and heat dissipation (2017-2020) Turner, J.M. Charles Sturt University.
The thermal ecophysiology of a common European mammal: influence of climate and habitat on energetics and adaptation to the environment in the red squirrel Sciurus vulgaris (2013-2016) Turner, J.M. Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.
The energetic ecology and thermal ecophysiology of the Eurasian red squirrel: adaptation to climate, habitat and environmental disturbance. (2012-2013) Turner, J.M. German Academic Exchange Service.