Lindsay Turnbull

Research Interests

Plant community ecology, plant growth, plant defence, hemi-parasitic plants, plant-soil feedbacks, organic farming


Education and Professional Positions

2003 - present Post-doctoral research assistant, Department of Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Studies, University of Zurich, Switzerland
2001 - 2002 Graveney School, London: Teacher of Science, London, UK
2000 University of Surrey, Roehampto: Postgraduate Certificate in Secondary Education, UK
1997 - 1999 Biology Department, Imperial College, London: Post-doctoral research associate with Dr. M. Rees and Prof. P.J. Grubb (Coexistence mechanisms in short-lived chalk-grassland plants), UK
1994 - 1996 Imperial College, London: Ph.D.: The Role of Spatial Processes in a Limestone Grassland (supervised by Prof. M.J. Crawley and Dr. M. Rees), UK
1992 Cambridge University: B.A. (Hons.) First Class; Natural Sciences (Zoology). Drewett's prize for ecology; elected scholar of King's College, Cambridge, UK

Selected Publications

  • Züst T., Heichinger C., Grossniklaus U., Harrington R., Kliebenstein DJ, Turnbull LA. (2012). Natural enemies drive geographic variation in plant defenses. Science, 338: 116-119. DOI: 10.1126/science.1226397
  • Philipson CD., Saner P., Marthews TR., Nilus R., Reynolds G., Turnbull LA., Hector A. (2012). Light-based Regeneration Niches: Evidence from 21 Dipterocarp Species using Size-specific RGRs. Biotropica, 44: 627–636. DOI: 10.1111/j.1744-7429.2011.00833.x
  • Turnbull LA., Philipson CD., Purves DW., Atkinson RL., Cunniff J., Goodenough A., Hautier Y., Houghton J., Marthews TR., Osborne CP., Paul-Victor C., Rose KE., Saner P., Taylor SH., Woodward FI., Hector A., Rees M. (2012) Plant growth rates and seed size: a re-evaluation. Ecology 93(6):1283-1289. DOI: 10.1890/11-0261.1
  • Paine CET., Marthews TR., Vogt DR., Purves D., Rees M., Hector A., Turnbull LA. (2012). How to fit nonlinear plant growth models and calculate growth rates: an update for ecologists. Methods in Ecology and Evolution, 3(2):245-256. DOI: 10.1111/j.2041-210X.2011.00155.x/abstract
  • Züst T., Joseph B., Shimizu KK., Kliebenstein DJ., Turnbull LA. (2011). Using knockout mutants to reveal the costs of defensive traits. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 278(1718):2598-2603. DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2010.2475
  • Turnbull LA., Hector A. (2010). Applied Ecology: How to get even with pests. Nature, 466(7302):36-37. DOI: 10.1038/466036a
  • Turnbull LA., Levine JM., Fergus AF., Petermann JS. (2010). Species diversity reduces invasion success in pathogen-regulated communities. Oikos, 119(6):1040-1046. DOI: 10.1111/j.1600-0706.2009.17914.x
  • Fakheran S., Paul-Victor C., Heichinger C., Schmid B., Grossniklaus U., Turnbull LA. (2010). Adaptation and extinction in experimentally fragmented landscapes. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (PNAS), 107(44):19120-19125. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1010846107
  • Hautier Y., Hector A., Vojtech E., Purves D., Turnbull LA. (2010). Modelling the growth of parasitic plants. Journal of Ecology, 98(4):857-866. DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2745.2010.01657.x
  • Paul-Victor C., Züst T., Rees M., Kliebenstein DJ., Turnbull LA. (2010). A new method for measuring relative growth rate can uncover the costs of defensive compounds in Arabidopsis thaliana. New Phytologist, 187(4):1102-1111. DOI: 10.1111/j.1469-8137.2010.03325.x
  • Petermann JS., Fergus AJ, Roscher C., Turnbull LA., Weigelt A., Schmid B. (2010). Biology, chance, or history? The predictable reassembly of temperate grassland communities. Ecology, 91(2):408-421. DOI: 10.1890/08-2304.1
  • Purves DW., Turnbull LA. (2010). Different but equal: the implausible assumption at the heart of neutral theory. Journal of Animal Ecology, 79(6):1215 -1225. DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2656.2010.01738.x
  • Paul-Victor C., Turnbull LA. (2009). The effect of growth conditions on the seed size/number trade-off. PLOS-ONE 4(9): e6917. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0006917
  • Rees M., Osborne C., Woodward I., Hulme S., Turnbull LA., Taylor S. (2010). Partitioning the components of Relative Growth Rate: how important is plant size variation? American Naturalist, 176(6):E152-E161. DOI: 10.1086/657037