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Sarah E. Turner

Associate Professor, Geography, Planning and Environment

Sarah E. Turner
Phone: (514) 848-2424 ext. 2022

Sarah Turner received her PhD in primatology from the University of Calgary, after completing an Interdisciplinary MSc in primatology (Anthropology, Geography and Biology) from the University of Victoria, and a BA in Women’s Studies at Simon Fraser University. Her research focuses on the behavioural ecology of nonhuman primates, and especially on how behaviour is influenced by human-induced environmental change. She conducts fieldwork at the Awajishima Monkey Center in Japan, observing the behaviour of free-ranging Japanese macaques with physical disabilities, testing hypotheses related to behavioural phenotypic plasticity, mother-infant interactions, habitat use, and social behaviours. 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 479: Primate Behaviour, Ecology and Conservation

HENV 680: Advanced Seminar in Environmental Science

HENV 615/805: Research Proposal Seminar



Espitia-Contreras JP, Fedigan LM, Turner SE (2020) Social grooming efficiency and techniques are influenced by manual impairment in free-ranging Japanese macaques (Macaca fuscata). PLoS One 15 (2):e0228978. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0228978

Stewart BM, Turner SE, Matthews HD (2020) Climate change impacts on potential future ranges of non-human primate species. Climatic Change 162 (4):2301-2318. doi:10.1007/s10584-020-02776-5

Turner SE, Nobuhara T, Nobuhara H, Nakamichi M, Reader SM (2018) Disability and dominance rank in adult female and male Japanese macaques (Macaca fuscata). In: Kalbitzer U, Jack KM (eds) Primate Life History, Sex Roles, and Adaptability: Essays in Honour of Linda M. Fedigan. Developments in Primatology: Progress and Prospects. Springer, Cham, Switzerland, pp 133-155

Graham TL, Matthews HD, Turner SE (2016) A global-scale evaluation of primate exposure and vulnerability to climate change. Int J Primatol 37 (2):158-174. doi:10.1007/s10764-016-9890-4

Turner SE, Fedigan LM (2015) Birth (primates). The International Encyclopedia of Human Sexuality, First Edition. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

Turner SE, Fedigan LM, Matthews HD, Nakamichi M (2014) Social consequences of disability in a nonhuman primate. J Hum Evol 68:47-57. doi:10.1016/j.jhevol.2014.01.002

Turner SE, Fedigan LM, Matthews HD, Nakamichi M (2012) Disability, compensatory behavior, and innovation in free-ranging adult female Japanese macaques (Macaca fuscata). Am J Primatol:1-16. doi:10.1002/ajp.22029

Turner SE (2012) Ribbon’s Way. Sono Nis Press, Winlaw BC

Turner SE, Fedigan LM, Nakamichi M, Matthews HD, KcKenna K, Nobuhara H, Nobuhara T, Shimizu K (2010) Birth in free-ranging Macaca fuscata. Int J Primatol 31 (1):15-37

Turner SE (2010) The Littlest Monkey. Sono Nis Press, Winlaw BC

Matthews HD, Turner SE (2009) Of mongooses and mitigation: Ecological analogues to geoengineering. Environmental Research Letters 4 (4). doi:10.1088/1748-9326/4/4/045105

Turner SE, Fedigan LM, Nobuhara H, Nobuhara T, Matthews HD, Nakamichi M (2008) Monkeys with disabilities: Prevalence and severity of congenital limb malformations in Macaca fuscata on Awaji Island. Primates 49 (3):223-226. doi:10.1007/s10329-008-0083-4

Turner SE (2007) The monkeys of Awajishima: Creating empathy and environmental awareness. In: Taniguchi F, Baharuddin A (eds) Proceeding of the International Symposium: Establishing The Guidelines For Environmental Education Focusing on Environmental Ethics, Centre for Civilizational Dialogue, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and General Institute for Environmental Research, Konan University, Kobe, Japan. pp 130-141

Turner SE, Gould L, Duffus DA (2005) Maternal behavior and infant congenital limb malformation in a free-ranging group of Macaca fuscata on Awaji Island, Japan. Int J Primatol 26 (6):1435-1457. doi:10.1007/s10764-005-8861-y

Turner NJ, Turner SE (2003) Food, forage and medicinal resources of forests, Section 5.3.3. Encyclopedia of Life Support Systems (EOLSS). EOLSS Publishers, Oxford UK

Turner NJ, Turner SE (2001) Poisonous plants. Plant Sciences Encyclopedia, vol 3. Macmillan References, New York

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