Lindsay Turnbull

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My main research focus is plant community ecology. I interested in how and why plant species are so different , and what the DSC00001consequences of these differences are for ecosystems. For example, plants produce seeds of many different sizes: the seed of the coco de Mer (a palm tree native to the Seychelles) can kill you – if it falls on your head, while  orchids seeds are so small and poorly provisioned that they can’t even germinate without the help of mycorrhizal fungi. Why this diversity exists and how it persists are the key questions that drive my research.


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Education and professional positions

From September 2013 Associate Professor at Department of Plant Sciences, Oxford University, UK

Tutorial Fellow at Queen’s College, Oxford

2003 – 2013 Research associate, Institute of Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Studies, University of Zurich, Switzerland

Group leader since 2010

Habilitation (2010) Seed size, growth rates and community structure

2001 – 2002 Teacher of Science: Graveney School, London
2000 Postgraduate Certificate in Secondary Education: University of Surrey, Roehampton
1997 – 1999 Post-doc: Imperial College, London: with Dr. M. Rees and Prof. P.J. Grubb
1994 – 1996 PhD: Imperial College, London: (supervised by Prof. M.J. Crawley)
1992 BA Hons. (Cantab.) First Class Natural Sciences (Zoology)

Drewett’s prize for ecology

Elected scholar of King’s College, Cambridge

Other roles

Board of Trustees: Seychelles Islands Foundation

Ordinary Member of Council: British Ecological Society