R. Eugene TurnerR. Eugene Turner

Position: LSU Boyd Professor, Department of Oceanography and Coastal Sciences

Phone: 225-578-6454
Fax: 225-578-6326
E-mail: euturne@lsu.edu

Office: 1205 Energy, Coast and Environment Building

Bachelor's Degree(s): B.S. Monmouth College, 1967
Master's Degrees(s): M.S. Drake University, 1969
Ph.D.(s): Ph.D. University of Georgia, 1974




Biological oceanography, conservation, environmental management, estuarine ecology, fisheries ecology, restoration, sustainable systems, wetlands.


Wetland Loss, Restoration, and Management (every other year)
Restoration Ecology/Ecological Restoration (every other year)


2013 – Boyd Professor, Louisiana State University (April 17, 2013)
2010 – Shell Endowed Chair in Oceanography/Wetlands Studies, Louisiana State University
2010 – Marine Pollution Bulletin: “Top-50 most cited articles” 2005-2009
2010 – Distinguished Faculty Award, Louisiana State University
2009 – Joe and Richard Lipsey Professional Educator’s Award, Teaching and Professional Achievement Dept. Oceanography and Coastal Sciences, Louisiana State University
2009 – Environmental Science & Technology Top Paper Award – Science (for 2008)
2006 – Estuaries: Second Most Cited paper 1985-2005
2005 – Distinguished Research Master, Louisiana State University
2004 – “Thanks” INTECOL Wetland Working Group
2002 – Certificate of Appreciation, Ecological Society of Korea
2002-06 Distinguished Professor in Louisiana Environmental Studies, Louisiana State University
2002 – Certificate of Appreciation for Outstanding Service in 1999-2001, National Academies, Board on Environmental Studies and Toxicology
2000 – Pirogue Award, Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation
1999 – Blasker Award for Environmental Science and Engineering, shared with N.N. Rabalais
1998 – National Wetlands Award, Science Research (co-sponsors: Environmental Law Institute, US Environmental Protection Agency, US Fish and Wildlife Service, USDA National Resources Conservation Service, NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service), Washington, D.C.


Recent Books, Monographs, Edited Volumes:

Weinstein, M.P. and R.E. Turner (eds) 2012. Sustainability Science: The Emerging Paradigm and the Urban Environment. Springer (spring 2012).

Peterson, C.H., F.C. Coleman, J.B.C. Jackson, R.E. Turner, G.T. Rowe, R.T. Barber, K.A. Bjorndal, R.S. Carney, R.K. Cowen, J.M. Hoekstra, J.T. Hollibaugh, S.B. Laska, R.A. Luettich, Jr., C.W. Osenberg, S.E. Roady, S. Senner, J.M. Teal, and P. Wang 2011. A Once and Future Gulf of Mexico Ecosystem: Recommendations for restoring a healthy and productive natural system. Pew Environment Group, Washington, DC. 112 pp.

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.

Weinstein, M. P., R. E. Turner, and D. J. Reed (Eds.) 2005. Special Section: Sustainability science and estuarine habitat restoration. Restoration Ecology 13: 152-234.

Ning, Z. H., R. E. Turner, T. Doyle, and K. K. Abdollahi 2003. Preparing for a Changing Climate: The Potential Consequences of Climate Change Variability and Change-Gulf Coast Region. ISBN 1-930129-009. http://www.usgcrp.gov/usgcrp/Library/nationalassessment/gulfcoast/default.htm

Ning, Z. H., R. E. Turner, T. Doyle, and K. K. Abdollahi, 2003. Integrated Assessment of the Potential Consequences of Climate Change Variability and Change for the Gulf Coast Region. ISBN 1-930129-01-7. http://www.usgcrp.gov/usgcrp/Library/nationalassessment/gulfcoast/default.htm.

Turner, R. E. and B. Streever 2002. Approaches to Coastal Wetland Restoration: Northern Gulf of Mexico. SPB Academic Publishing, Den Hague, Netherlands. 147 pp. (Reviewed in: Restoration Ecology 10: 731-734, 2002; Wetlands 22: 801-802, 2002; Wetlands Ecology and Management 10: 473, 2002).

National Research Council (Panel Member) 2001. Compensating for Wetland Losses Under the Clean Water Act. National Research Council. National Academy Press, Washington, D.C. 322 pp. (Reviewed in Wetlands 22: 441-442).

Rabalais, N. N. and R. E. Turner (eds.) 2001. Coastal Hypoxia: Consequences for Living Resources and Ecosystems. Coastal and Estuarine Studies Series Vol. 58, American Geophysical Union. Washington, D.C. 463 pp. (Reviewed in Limnology and Oceanography 47: 1269).

Valigura, R. W., R. B. Alexander, M. S. Castro, T. P. Meyers, H. W. Paerl, P. E. Stacey, R. E. Turner (eds.) 2001. Nitrogen Loading in Coastal Water Bodies: An Atmospheric Perspective. Coastal and Estuarine Studies Volume No. 57. American Geophysical Union, Washington, D.C. 252 pp.

Recent Periodicals and Serials: (students=*).

Broussard*, W., R.E. Turner, and J. Westra 2012. Federal farm policies and agricultural landscapes influence surface water quality. Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment in press.

Callaway, J. E.L. Borgnis, R.E. Turner, and C.S. Milan 2012. Carbon sequestration and sediment accretion in San Francisco Bay tidal marshes. Estuaries and Coasts in press.

Turner, R.E., N. N. Rabalais and D. Justic 2012. Predicting Summer Hypoxia in the Northern Gulf of Mexico: Redux. Marine Pollution Bulletin 64: 318-323. DOI: 10.1016/j.marpolbul.2011.11.008.

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. Editor’s pick Nature (5Aug 2011).

Baustian*, M. B., N. N. Rabalais, W. L. Morrison, and R. E. Turner 2011. Seasonal microphytobenthos in the hypoxic northern Gulf of Mexico continental shelf: The potential contribution to oxygen dynamics. Mar. Ecol. Prog. Ser. 436: 51-66.

Das*, D., D. Justic, E. Swenson, R. E. Turner, M. Inoue, and D. Park 2011. Coastal land loss and hypoxia: The “Outwelling” hypothesis revisited. Environmental Research Letters 6: 025001.
Turner, R. E. 2011. Beneath the wetland canopy: Loss of soil marsh strength with increasing nutrient load. Estuaries and Co