Lucy Turner

Academic profile

Dr Lucy Turner

Lecturer in Marine Biology
School of Biological and Marine Sciences (Faculty of Science and Engineering)

The Global Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. Lucy's work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

Goal 02: SDG 2 - Zero HungerGoal 04: SDG 4 - Quality EducationGoal 06: SDG 6 - Clean Water and SanitationGoal 08: SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic GrowthGoal 09: SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and InfrastructureGoal 12: SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and ProductionGoal 13: SDG 13 - Climate ActionGoal 14: SDG 14 - Life Below WaterGoal 15: SDG 15 - Life on LandGoal 17: SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals

About Lucy

I am a Lecturer in Marine Biology here at the University of Plymouth and divide my time between teaching and research. 
In my research I specialise in using comparative ecophysiological and biochemical approaches within interdisciplinary (natural-social science) frameworks to understand the impact of ongoing global change on the marine environment, and to contribute towards sustainable solutions for this. I work across trophic levels and taxonomic groupings and I often use large-scale integrative approaches to my thinking and research. I integrate biochemistry with molecular biology, whole organism physiology and also more recently with cutting edge ‘omics’ techniques to understand how organisms respond to environmental change, and how this may ultimately influence the functionality of the ecosystem. When these types of data are combined with social science approaches this gives us a very powerful toolkit to respond to the wider effects of climate change on real life scenarios.
At Plymouth I teach on the Marine Biology degree delivering lecturers, seminars and field trips. I hold a PhD in Land crab ecophysiology (University of Bristol, 2010). Prior to this I completed a BSc (University of Wales, Swansea, 2003) and MRes in Marine Biology (molecular and cellular pathway) (University of Plymouth, 2005). 

Supervised Research Degrees

PhD completions Dr Elina Apine (2022) An interdisciplinary assessment of the mud crab Scylla serrataas a sustainable livelihood resource in southwest India (DoS)  
ResM completions George Mason (2021) The role of environmental temperature in immunocompetence and disease susceptibility in bivalves (Second supervisor)


I currently teach on the following modules:
MBIO120 Introduction to Marine Biology
MBIO123 Marine Biology Field Course
MBIO221 Marine Molecular Biology
MBIO222 Ecophysiology of Marine Animals
MBIO223 Methods in Marine Biology
MBIO226 Experimental Marine Biology Field Course
MBIO364 Conservation Physiology
I am also the module leader for 'Conservation Physiology'.
I also have an interest in sustainability education and have published on this in collaboration with Dr Rebecca Turner:
Turner, L.M., Hegde, S., Karunasagar, I, Turner, R. (2022) How university students are taught about sustainability, and how they want to be taught, the importance of the hidden curriculum. International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education, 23, 1560-1579. 

Contact Lucy

Room 404, Davy Building, Drake Circus, Plymouth, PL4 8AA
+44 1752 584488