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Associate Professor of Department of Geography234+44 (0) 191 33 41909
Associate Professor of Catchments and Rivers234+44 (0) 191 33 41909
Associate Professor of Hazards and Surface Change234+44 (0) 191 33 41909

Biography

Associate Professor, Department of Geography, Durham University & Director of i-CONN Innovative Training Network

My research falls broadly into the following themes: climate change and extreme events, ecohydrology and ecogeomorphology, land degradation, critical transitions and ecosystem state change, biogeochemical fluxes, and biophysical resilience of drylands. My research within these themes is focused on understanding interactions and feedbacks between hydrology, geomorphology and ecology that drive surface processes in terrestrial systems. Most of my research to date has been in drylands, where low rainfall and high land-use pressures make these feedbacks particularly pronounced, and often alter the capacity of these systems to provide essential ecosystem services. My research relies heavily on multiple approaches: experimental work, long-term data synthesis, remote sensing, process-based modelling and geospatial analysis. 

H2020 i-CONN innovative training network

I am the scientific director of the i-CONN ITN (2019 - 2023). The goal of i-CONN is to train a new cohort of researchers specialized in the developing field of Connectivity Science who will be capable of developing interdisciplinary approaches to connectivity across a range of disciplines and real-life applications. 

Awarded Grants

  • 2019: i-CONN: Interdisciplinary connectivity: Understanding and managing complex systems using connectivity science, Interreg (ERDF) Europe, €4 million, 2019-10-01 - 2023-09-30
  • 2013: Investigating the differential ecogeomorphic responses of drylands to variations in climatic drivers and anthropogenic disturbances: an international collaboration(£1400.00 from British Society for Geomorphology)

Publications

Chapter in book

  • Caylor, K.K., Okin, G.S., Turnbull, L., Wainwright, J., Wiegand, T., Franz, T.E. & Parsons, A.J (2013). Integrating short-and long-range processes intomodels: the emergence of pattern. In Patterns of Land Degradation in Drylands: Understanding Self-Organised Ecogeomorphic Systems. Mueller, E.N., Wainwright, J., Parsons, A.J. & Turnbull, L. Springer.
  • Mueller, E.N., Wainwright, J., Parsons, A.J. & Turnbull, L. (2013). Land degradation in drylands: an ecogeomorphological approach. In Patterns of Land Degradation in Drylands: Understanding Self-Organised Ecogeomorphic Systems. Mueller, E.N., Wainwright, J., Parsons, A.J. & Turnbull, L. Springer.
  • Cerda, A., Gallart, R., Li, J., Papanastasis, V.P., Parmenter, R.R., Turnbull, L., Parsons, A.J & Wainwright, J (2013). Long-range ecogeomorphic processes. In Patterns of Land Degradation in Drylands: Understanding Self-Organised Ecogeomorphic Systems. Mueller, E.N., Wainwright, J., Parsons, A.J. & Turnbull. Springer.
  • Jeltsch, F., Lefever, R., Turnbull, L., Scarsoglio, S., Alados, C.L., Rallart, F., Mueller, E.N, Millington, J, Wainwright, J, Wierzoerek, M & Grimm, V (2013). Resilience, self-organization, complexity and pattern formation. In Patterns of Land Degradation in Drylands: Understanding Self-Organised Ecogeomorphic Systems. Mueller, E.N., Wainwright, J., Parsons, A.J. & Turnbull, L. Springer.
  • Turnbull, L., Wainwright, J. & Ravi, S. (2013). Vegetation change in the southwestern USA: patterns and processes. In Patterns of Land Degradation in Drylands: Understanding Self-Organised Ecogeomorphic Systems. Mueller, E.N., Wainwright, J., Parsons, A.J. & Turnbull, L. Springer.
  • Turnbull, L., Hochstrasser, T., Wieczorek, M., Baas, A., Wainwright, J., Scarsoglio, S., Tietjen, B, Jeltsch, F & Mueller, E.N (2013). Approaches to modelling ecogeomorphic systems. In Patterns of Land Degradation in Drylands: Understanding Self-Organised Ecogeomorphic Systems. Mueller, E.N., Wainwright, J., Parsons, A.J. & Turnbull, L. Springer.

Edited book

  • Mueller, E.N., Wainwright, J., Parsons, A.J. & Turnbull, L. (2013). Patterns of Land Degradation in Drylands: Understanding Self-Organised Ecogeomorphic Systems. Springer.

Journal Article

Newspaper/Magazine Article

  • Turnbull, L. (2011). Phosphorus and food security: Framing a global sustainability challenge through art. The Sustainability Review 2(2).

Supervision students