I’m Dr Perpetua (Pep) Turner. I’m a research associate at the University of Tasmania, in the School of Land and Food in Hobart, Tasmania. I’m also currently employed as Acting Research Biologist with the Forest Practices Authority here in Tasmania, a consultant ecologist, a wife to Dr Darren Turner and mum to four children (3 boys and 1 girl).
Born in Melbourne and raised in Bendigo, (Victoria, Australia), I have called Hobart my home for the past 16 years. I’ve worked as an Ecologist for the past 20 years on many flora and fauna projects (including the forgotten flora – mosses and liverworts) and have been privileged to work in some amazing places. I’m interested in the structure and function of forests, non-vascular plant ecology, and love the challenges quantitative ecology brings. I’m also on the Board of Directors for the Ecological Society of Australia as Book Review Editor – a post I have held since 2009 (formerly held by Assoc Prof Ian Lunt). You can read my publications page, and find papers through Google Scholar or Research Gate. If you can’t get hold of a publication, just contact me. You can also find me on Twitter
This blog is all about bringing life as an ecologist to you. Scientific papers are great for reading, but there are many ‘behind the scenes’ anecdotes that cannot go into a peer reviewed publication. And those papers are not intended for general reading by everyone. This blog brings to you what those papers are all about and the stories behind them. What is field work like in a remote setting, such as Heard Island? Where are the knowledge gaps in bryophyte ecology? What is the significance of a plant’s expanding (or retreating) range? Who are the people that influenced the path(s) I have chosen? What is it really like being a Book Review Editor? Four kids and still working as an ecologist – am I still sane?
This isn’t the only blog around. Check out my home page to see a list of other blogs.