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Department of Zoology


Our research group studies the ecology of insects in their natural habitats, the impacts of human-induced habitat change on insect biodiversity and communities, and possible strategies for managing ecosystems in a more sustainable way.

Group members are currently working in agricultural ecosystems in Southeast Asia, on Wildlife Trust reserves in the UK, and using insect collections within the University Museum of Zoology.

Please visit our group webpage for more information about our current research projects, and for recent news about our work.

Current research topics include:

  • The Biodiversity and Ecosystem Function in Tropical Agriculture (BEFTA) Programme 
  • Management solutions for threatened butterfly species on chalk grassland reserves
  • The Stability of Altered Forest Ecosystems (SAFE) Project
  • Museum collections and taxonomic work

Key Publications

Luke SH, Dow RA, Butler S, Chey VK, Aldridge DC, Foster WA, Turner EC (2017) The impacts of habitat disturbance on adult and larval dragonflies (Odonata) in rainforest streams in Sabah, Malaysian Borneo. Freshwater Biology 62, 491–506.

Disney, R. H. L. & Smith, D. A. (2016). A new species of Phalacrotophora Enderlein (Diptera: Phoridae) from England.  Entomologist’s Monthly Magazine 152: 189–192.

Kurz DJ, Turner EC, Anak Agung Ketut Aryawan, Barkley HC, Caliman J-P, Konopik O, Sudharto Ps & Foster WA (2016). Replanting reduces frog diversity in oil palm. Biotropica. 48, 483-490.

Foster WA, Snaddon JL, Turner EC, Fayle TM, Cockerill TD, Ellwood MDF, Broad GR, Chung AYC, Eggleton P, Chey VK & M. Yusah K (2011) Establishing the evidence base for maintaining biodiversity and ecosystem function in the oil palm landscapes of South East Asia. Philos. Trans. R. Soc. B 366, 3277-3291.

Turner EC, Granroth H, Johnson HR, Lucas C, Thompson AM, Froy H, German RN & Holdgate R (2009) Habitat preference and dispersal of the Duke of Burgundy butterfly (Hamearis lucina) on an abandoned chalk quarry in Bedfordshire, UK. J. Insect Conserv. 13, 475–486.

Full list of publications


Contact Details

Group Leader

Dr Ed Turner

Department of Zoology
University of Cambridge
Downing St

01223  (7)69353

Group Members