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Eugene Turner

eugene_turner.jpgClasses Taught (last 10 years):

OCS 4560 (3 hr) Wetland Loss, Restoration and Management (every other year; short course for various entities)
OCS (3 hr) Restoration Ecology, Ecological Restoration (every other year)


Farming Wetlands in Old Acadie - Nova Scotia; 3 hr 2006; 2 hr 2008); Tropical Coastal Management (Mexico; 3 hr. 2005, 2006)

Seminars (1 or 2 hr): Sustainable Campus (2008); Salt marsh Literature (2004; 2013)


Bachelor's Degree(s): Monmouth College, 1967
Master's Degree: Drake University, 1969
PhD: University of Georgia, 1974

Research Interests:

Biological Oceanography; Conservation and Restoration; Environment and Management; Fisheries Ecology; Land-Use and Water Quality; Science Infrastructure; Sustainable Systems; Wetlands;


Obenour, D.R., D. Scavia, N.N. Rabalais, R.E. Turner, A.M. Michalak 2013. A retrospective analysis of mid-summer hypoxic area and volume in the northern Gulf of Mexico, 1985-2011. Environmental Science and Technology DOI: 10.1021/es400983g. online

Turner, R.E. and N.N. Rabalais 2013. Nitrogen and phosphorus phytoplankton growth limitation in the northern Gulf of Mexico. Aquatic Microbial Ecology 68: 159-169. Tweel, A.W. and R.E. Turner 2012. Landscape-scale analysis of wetland sediment deposition from four tropical cyclone events. PloS ONE 7(11): e50528.

Broussard, W., R.E. Turner, and J. Westra 2012. Do federal farm policies and agricultural landscapes influence surface water quality? Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment 158: 103-109.
Weinstein, M.P. and R.E. Turner (eds.) 2012. Sustainability Science: The Emerging Paradigm and the Urban Environment. Springer. 441 pp, Springer.

Tweel, A.W. and R.E. Turner 2012. Watershed land use and river engineering drive wetland formation and loss in the Mississippi River birdfoot delta. Limnol. Oceanogr. 12: 18-28.

Kearney, M.S., C.A. Riter, and R.E. Turner 2011. Freshwater diversions for marsh restoration in Louisiana: Twenty-six years of changing vegetative cover and marsh area. Geophysical Research Letters 38, L16405, doi:10.1029/2011GL047847.

Turner, R. E. 2009. Doubt and the values of an ignorance-based world view for wetland restoration: Coastal Louisiana. Estuaries and Coasts 32: 1054-1068.

Gardner, R. C. J. Zedler, A. Redmond, R. E. Turner, C. A. Johnston, V. A. Alvarez, C. A. Simenstad,K. L. Prestegaard, and W. J. Mitsch 2009. Compensating for wetland losses under the Clean Water Act (Redux): Evaluating the Federal compensatory mitigation regulation. Stetson Law Review 38(2): 213-249.

Turner, R. E., N. N. Rabalais, and D. Justic 2008. Gulf of Mexico hypoxia: Alternate states and a legacy. Environmental Science and Technology 42: 2323-2327.

Darby, F. A. and R. E. Turner 2008. Effects of eutrophication on salt marsh roots, rhizomes, and soils. Marine Ecology Progress Series 363: 63-70.

Raymond, P. A., N-H. Oh, R. E. Turner and W. Broussard 2008. Anthropogenic enhanced fluxes of water and carbon from the Mississippi River. Nature 451: 449-452.

Jordan, N., G. Boody, W. Broussard, J. D. Glover, D. Keeney, B. H. McCowan, G. McIsaac, M. Muller, H. Murray, J. Neal, C. Pansing, R. E. Turner, K. D. Warner, and D. L. Wyse 2007. Sustainable development of the agricultural bio-economy. Science 316: 1570-1571.

Turner, R. E., J. Spicer, and J. Mariscal (eds.) 2007. A Guide for Exploration In and Around Melaque, Mexico. Centro Universitario de al Costa Sur, Melaque, MX. 39 pp.+ix.

Turner, R. E., J. J. Baustian, E. M. Swenson and J. S. Spicer 2006. Wetland sedimentation from hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Science 314: 449-452.

Research Projects (5 most recent):

2011-2014 – Gulf of Mexico Research Institute – Co-PI, investigation of coastal ecosystems resulting from 2010 BP Macondo oil ‘spill, $3M of $13M, 26 co-PIs, 12 institutions.

1990-2013 – Louisiana Board of Regents – PI, Graduate Fellowship program (Oceanography and Coastal Sciences, Environmental Studies, Geology and Geophysics), typically $100K to $200K annually for M.S. and Ph.D. students.

2011-2014 – National Science Foundation – Co-PI, $101K, with 5 institutions and 8 others.

2011-2014 – NASA - Co-PI; Southern University, Climate change education; Co-PIs Z. Ning, 5 institutions and 8 others.

2009-2014 – NOAA - Coastal Ocean Program – co-PI, Hypoxia Monitoring; subaward ($1.5 million of $5M) with 3 institutions. Co-PIs, with D. Justic’, C. Li, D. Scavia, B. Roberts, N.N. Rabalais; 3 other institutions.

Meetings organized:

EcoForum, Louisiana State University. co-organizer with L. Hooper-Biu (Entomology) and Kyle Harms (Basic Sciences) 25 April. 2013 .

Associated Societies for Limnology and Oceanography, New Orleans (USA). 17-22 Feb. 2013; local organizing committee.

Ninth International Wetlands Conference, Orlando, Florida (USA) June
2012; (hosted by K.R.Reddy, G.R. Best and G. Guntenspergen). Aprox 1240 attendees from 43 countries. Held every 4 years since 1990.