University of Wisconsin–Madison

Monica Turner

Photo of Monica TurnerMonica G. Turner is the Eugene P. Odum Professor of Ecology and a Vilas Research Professor in the Department of Zoology, University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her research emphasizes causes and consequences of spatial patterns in ecological systems, focusing primarily on ecosystem and landscape ecology. Turner has led studies in Greater Yellowstone (Wyoming, USA) for >25 years and is interested in whether fires and climate warming could interact to produce abrupt changes in subalpine forests.


Representative publications:

Romme, W. H., M. S. Boyce, R. E. Gresswell, E. H. Merrill, G. W. Minshall, C. Whitlock and M. G. Turner. 2011. Twenty years after the 1988 Yellowstone fires: lessons about disturbance and ecosystems. Ecosystems 14:1196-1215.

Westerling, A. L., M. G. Turner, E. A. H. Smithwick, W. H. Romme and M. G. Ryan. 2011. Continued warming could transform Greater Yellowstone fire regimes by mid-21st century. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 108:13165-13170.

Stephens, S. L., J. K. Agee, P. Z. Fulé, M. P. North, W. H. Romme, T. W. Swetnam, and M. G. Turner. 2013. Managing forests and fire in changing climates. Science 342:41-42.

Turner, M. G., D. C. Donato and W. H. Romme. 2013. Consequences of spatial heterogeneity for ecosystem services in changing forest landscapes: priorities for future research. Landscape Ecology 28:1081-1097.

Turner, M. G. and R. H. Gardner. 2015. Landscape ecology in theory and practice, 2nd edition. Springer, New York.

Donato, D. C., B. J. Harvey, and M. G. Turner. 2016. Regeneration of lower-montane forests a quarter-century after the 1988 Yellowstone Fires: a fire-catalyzed shift in lower treelines? Ecosphere 7(8) Article e01410.

Harvey, B. J., D. C. Donato and M. G. Turner. 2016. High and dry: Postfire drought and large stand-replacing burn patches reduce postfire tree regeneration in subalpine forests. Global Ecology and Biogeography 25:655-669.

Harvey, B. J., D. C. Donato and M. G. Turner. 2016. Burn me twice, shame on who? Interactions between successive forest fires across a temperate mountain region. Ecology 97:2272-2282.

Turner, M. G., D. C. Donato, W. D. Hansen, B. J. Harvey, W. H. Romme, and A. L. Westerling. 2016. Climate change and novel disturbance regimes in national park landscapes. Pages 77-101 In: S. R. Beissinger, D. D. Ackerly, H. Doremus, and G. Machlis, editors. Science, Conservation, and National Parks. University of Chicago Press, Chicago, IL.

Turner, M. G., T. G. Whitby, D. B. Tinker, and W. H. Romme. 2016. Twenty-four years after the Yellowstone Fires: Are postfire lodgepole pine stands converging in structure and function? Ecology 97:1260-1273.

Johnstone, J. F., C. D. Allen, J. F. Franklin, L. E. Frelich, B. J. Harvey, P. E. Higuera, M. C. Mack, R. K. Meentemeyer, M. R. Metz, G. L. W. Perry, T. Schoennagel, and M. G. Turner. 2016. Changing disturbance regimes, climate warming and forest resilience. (*Johnstone and Turner co-led this manuscript). Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 14:369-378.

Seidl, R., D. C. Donato, K. A Raffa, and M. G. Turner. 2016. Spatial variability in tree regeneration after wildfire delays and dampens future bark beetle outbreaks. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 113:13075-13080.

Gergel, S. E. and M. G. Turner, editors. 2017. Learning landscape ecology, 2nd edition. Springer, New York.

Rose, K. C., R. A. Graves, W. D. Hansen, B. J. Harvey, J. Qiu, S. A. Wood, C. Ziter, and M. G. Turner. 2017. Historical foundations and future directions in macrosystems ecology. Ecology Letters 20:147-157.




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