Clare College Cambridge

Dr Edgar Turner

Dr Edgar Turner

Academic Director and Teaching Officer in Biological Sciences, Institute of Continuing Education, University of Cambridge

Affiliated Researcher, Insect Ecology Group, University Museum of Zoology, Cambridge.

Mobile (UK):  447738243676



 What is your subject and specific area of study?

I am interested in insect ecology and conservation. My research focusses on ways that human-dominated landscapes can be managed to benefit biodiversity and healthy-functioning ecosystems, while still allowing agricultural production to take place. In the UK, this has involved work with the Wildlife Trust on chalk grassland management. Abroad, with Imperial College, London, this has included work on the Malaysia-based Stability of Altered Forest Ecosystems Project – one of the largest ecological experiments in the world. I am currently helping to coordinate the Biodiversity and Ecosystem Function in Tropical Agriculture (BEFTA) Project, based in Sumatra, Indonesia, which experimentally investigates methods of managing oil palm plantations to benefit biodiversity with no or little cost to yield.  I am also interested in communicating science to a wider audience and act as Teaching Officer for Biological Sciences at the Institute of Continuing Education, Cambridge.


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Some recent publications include:

Turner EC, FosterWA, Snaddon JL, Dwi Advento A, Anak Agung Ketut Aryawan, BarclayH, Caliman J-P,Kurniawan C,  Kurz DJ, Mann D, Mohd Naim, Purnomo D, Pujianto, T. Dzulfikar S. Rambe, Slade EM,  Soeprapto, Suhardi, Sudharto Ps, Ribka Sionita Tarigan,  Resti Wahyuningsih, Rudi Harto Widodo (in press) The Biodiversity and Ecosystem Function in Tropical Agriculture (BEFTA) Project. The Planter.

Luke SH, Eggleton P, Fayle TM, Turner EC & Davies RG (2014) Functional structure of ant and termite assemblages in old growth forest, logged forest and oil palm plantation in Malaysian Borneo. Biodiversity and Conservation. DOI 10.1007/s10531-014-0750-2

Peh KS-H, Lin Y, Luke SH, Foster WA & Turner EC (2014). Forest fragmentation and ecosystem function. Global Forest Fragmentation, Eds Kettle CJ and Koh LP. Chapter 8, pp 143-174. CABI.