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Dr. Sarah E. Turner

Assistant Professor, Geography, Planning and Environment

Dr. Sarah E. Turner
Office: S-H 1255-41 
Henry F. Hall Building,
1455 De Maisonneuve Blvd. W.
Phone: (514) 848-2424 ext. 2022

Dr. Sarah Turner is interested in how the behavioural ecology of nonhuman primates is influenced by human-induced environmental change. She studies the behaviour of free-ranging Japanese macaques with physical disabilities to explore hypotheses related to behavioural phenotypic plasticity, mother-infant interactions and social behaviour. Sarah obtained her BA in Women’s Studies from Simon Fraser University in 1999, an Interdisciplinary MSc in Primatology (Anthropology, Geography and Biology) from the University of Victoria in 2003, and a PhD in Anthropology (Primatology) from the University of Calgary in 2010. Before joining Concordia in August 2017, Sarah was a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Biology at McGill University.

Teaching activities

GEOG 374: Plant Ecology

GEOG/ URBS 491: Honours Seminar

GEOG 498: Primate Behaviour, Ecology and Conservation

HENV 680: Advanced Seminar in Environmental Science



Turner, Sarah E., Nobuhara, Toshikazu, Nobuhara Hisami and Nakamichi, Masayuki Disability and dominance rank in adult female and male Japanese macaques (Macaca fuscata). (2018) Primate Life History, Sex Roles, and Adaptability: Essays in Honour of Linda M. Fedigan, Urs Kalbitzer, Mary Pavelka and Kathy Jack (eds). In the series: Developments in Primatology: Progress and Prospects. Springer Nature Switzerland AG, Cham, Switzerland. (peer-reviewed)


Graham, Tanya, Matthews, H. Damon and Turner, Sarah E. (2016) Evaluating climatic changes in regions of non-human primate habitat, International Journal of Primatology.37(2): 158-174.


Turner, Sarah E. and Fedigan, Linda M. (2015) Birth (Primates). In: Encyclopedia of Human Sexuality, P. Whelehan and A. Bolin (eds). Hoboken, N.J.: Wiley Blackwell Press.


Turner, Sarah E., Fedigan, Linda M., Matthews, H. Damon and Nakamichi, Masayuki (2014) Social consequences of disability in a nonhuman primate, Journal of Human Evolution. 68, 47-57. 


Turner, Sarah E., Fedigan, Linda M., Matthews, H. Damon and Nakamichi, Masayuki (2012) Disability, compensatory behavior and innovation in free-ranging adult female Japanese macaques (Macaca fuscata). American Journal of Primatology. 74, 788-803.


Turner, Sarah E., Fedigan, Linda M., Nakamichi, Masayuki, Matthews, H. Damon, McKenna, Katie, Nobuhara, Hisami, Nobuhara, Toshikazu and Shimizu, Keiko (2010) Birth in free-ranging Macaca fuscataInternational Journal of Primatology. 31: 15-37.


Matthews, H. Damon and Turner, Sarah E.(2009) Of mongooses and mitigation: Ecological analogues to geoengineering. Environmental Research Letters. 4, 045105 (9pp) 


Turner, Sarah E., Fedigan, Linda M., Nobuhara, Hisami, Nobuhara, Toshikazu, Matthews, H. Damon and Nakamichi, Masayuki (2008) Monkeys with disabilities: Prevalence and severity of congenital limb malformations in Macaca fuscataon Awaji Island. Primates. 49(3), 223-226.


Turner, Sarah E., Gould, Lisa and Duffus, David A. (2005) Maternal behavior and infant congenital limb malformation in a free-ranging group of Macaca fuscataon Awaji Island, Japan. International Journal of Primatology. 26(6), 1435-1457.

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