Dr. Monica G.Turner
Department of Integrative Biology
University of Wisconsin
430 Lincoln Dr.
Madison, WI 53706
Ecosystem and
Landscape Ecology Lab
 

Monica Turner

CV (pdf)
Profile from PNAS, March 2007

Position

Eugene P. Odum Professor of Ecology

Brief Bio

Dr. Monica G. Turner is the Eugene P. Odum Professor of Ecology and a Vilas Research Professor in the Department of Integrative Biology, University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her research emphasizes causes and consequences of spatial heterogeneity in ecological systems, focusing primarily on ecosystem and landscape ecology. She has studied fire, vegetation dynamics, nutrient cycling, bark beetle outbreaks, and climate change in Greater Yellowstone for over 25 years, including long-term research on the 1988 Yellowstone fires. She also studies abrupt change in ecological systems, land-water interactions in Wisconsin landscapes, and spatial dynamics of ecosystem services. She has published ~ 250 scientific papers and authored or edited six books. She earned her BS in Biology from Fordham University and her PhD in Ecology from the University of Georgia. Turner is a past-president of the Ecological Society of America (ESA), a recipient of ESA’s Robert H. MacArthur Award, and a member of the National Academy of Sciences.

Research Interests

  • Causes and consequences of spatial heterogeneity in ecological systems
  • Dynamics of natural disturbances and their effects on ecosystems
  • Fire ecology
  • Western conifer forests
  • Ecological effects of climate and land-use change
  • Landscape ecology

Current Projects

See Research page...

Selected Publications

A complete list of Dr. Turner's publications is available. Most can be downloaded as pdf files.

Books

Turner, M. G. and R. H. Gardner. 2015. Landscape ecology in theory and practice, 2nd ed. Springer, NY. Gergel, S. E. and M. G. Turner, eds. 2017. Learning landscape ecology, 2nd edi. Springer, NY.

Journal articles

Turner, M. G., W. L. Baker, C. Peterson, and R. K. Peet. 1998. Factors influencing succession: lessons from large, infrequent natural disturbances. Ecosystems 1:511-523.

Turner, M. G., W. H. Romme and D. B. Tinker. 2003. Surprises and lessons from the 1988 Yellowstone fires. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 1:351-358.

Turner, M. G. 2005. Landscape ecology: what is the state of the science? Annual Review of Ecology, Evolution and Systematics 36:319-344.

Turner, M. G., E. A. H. Smithwick, K. L. Metzger, D. B. Tinker and W. H. Romme. 2007. Inorganic nitrogen availability following severe stand-replacing fire in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 104:4782-4789.

Turner, M. G., E. A. H. Smithwick, D. B. Tinker and W. H. Romme. 2009. Variation in foliar nitrogen and aboveground net primary production in young postfire lodgepole pine. Canadian Journal of Forest Research 39:1024-1035.

Turner, M. G. 2010. Disturbance and landscape dynamics in a changing world. Ecology 91:2833-2849.

Romme, W. H., M. S. Boyce, R. E. Gresswell, E. H. Merrill, G. W. Minshall, C. Whitlock and M. G. Turner. 2011. Twenty years after the 1988 Yellowstone fires: lessons about disturbance and ecosystems. Ecosystems 14:1196-1215.

Westerling, A. L., M. G. Turner, E. A. H. Smithwick, W. H. Romme and M. G. Ryan. 2011. Continued warming could transform Greater Yellowstone fire regimes by mid-21st century. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 108:13165-13170.

Turner, M. G., T. G. Whitby, D. B. Tinker, and W. H. Romme. 2016. Twenty-four years after the Yellowstone Fires: Are postfire lodgepole pine stands converging in structure and function? Ecology Ecology 97:1260-1273.

Johnstone, J. F., C. D. Allen, J. F. Franklin, L. E. Frelich, B. J. Harvey, P. E. Higuera, M. C. Mack, R. K. Meentemeyer, M. R. Metz, G. L. W. Perry, T. Schoennagel, and M. G. Turner. 2016. Changing disturbance regimes, climate warming and forest resilience. (*Johnstone and Turner co-led this manuscript). Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 14:369-378.

Romme, W. H., T. G. Whitby, D. B. Tinker, and M. G. Turner. 2016. Deterministic and stochastic processes lead to divergence in plant communities during the first 25 years after the 1988 Yellowstone Fires. Ecological Monographs 86:327-351.

Rose, K. C., R. A. Graves, W. D. Hansen, B. J. Harvey, J. Qiu, S. A. Wood, C. Ziter, and M. G. Turner. 2017. Historical foundations and future directions in macrosystems ecology. Ecol Lett 20:147-157.

Schoennagel, T., J. Balch, H. Brenkert-Smith, P. Dennison, B. Harvey, M. Krawchuk, N. Miekiewicz, P. Morgan, M. Moritz, R. Rasker, M. G. Turner, and C. Whitlock. 2017. Adapt to more wildfire in western North American forests as climate changes. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 114:4582-4590.

Contact Info

Professor Monica G. Turner
Department of Integrative Biology
University of Wisconsin
Madison, WI 53706
Tel (608) 262-2592;
Fax (608) 265-6320
Email: turnermg @ wisc.edu

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