ILWS - Charles Sturt University
ILWS - Charles Sturt University

Dr James Turner

Dr James Turner

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

Bachelor of Science (Honours):Zoology University New South Wales, 2004
PhD, University New England, 2009

Full Publications List CRO Research Output

Selected Publications

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.

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:

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.

Conference Papers

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.

Current Projects

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.

Completed Projects

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.