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Jonathan N Turner

Lecturer/Assistant Professor

School Of Geography
Newman Building
Belfield
Dublin 4

Tel: +353 1 7168175
Email: jonathan.turner@ucd.ie

Biography

I am a Lecturer in Physical Geography and Erasmus Coordinator in the UCD School of Geography.  I currently teach courses on Earth Systems (Stage 1), Fluvial Geomorphology (Stage 2), River Catchment Management (Stage 3), and Urban Rivers (MSc).

My research interests lie in the fields of River Science, Geomorphology and Environmental Change.

I am Director of the GPEP Itrax Core Scanner platform, which was acquired under HEA Equipment Renewal funding in 2009.  Much of my research now centres on the application of this facility, alongside other complementary palaeoenvironmental proxies, to answer research questions related to environmental change and reconstruction. These collaborative projects range from research in deep marine contexts to shallow floodplain environments and more recently rock cores.

Research projects I am currently involved with include:

SILTFLUX (2010-2015). Funded under the EPA STRIVE call this
project is being undertaken by a multi-disciplinary research team in University College Dublin to increase knowledge and understanding of suspended sediment dynamics and flux in Irish rivers and to assess the impacts of deposited sediment on aquatic biota. Further details available at www.siltflux.com

INFER (2012-14). Funded under the Marie Curie IEF scheme this project focuses on developing novel techniques for flood reconstruction and contaminant mapping from sediment archives using high resolution core scanning (http://www.ucd.ie/geography/research/researchprojects/infer/)

Source2Sink (2015-2017). Funded by the EPA under the 2015 Climate Change call, t
his multidisciplinary research measures the response of a small coastal catchment to extreme events in order to assess the resilience of the Irish landscape to both short- (event scale) and long-term (climate change) drivers of change.

Ancient Methone Archaeology Project (2013-2016). This project is headed by Professors John Papadopoulous and Sarah Morris from the Cotsen Institute of Archaeology, UCLA and includes integrated geophysical and geomorphological investigations to reconstruct the buried harbour and shoreline of the ancient port of Methone, Greece.  Research is supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) (John Papadopoulous) and UCD Seed Funding (Jonathan Turner).





Professional

               

Education

Year 1992 Institution: Univ Newcastle upon Tyne
Qualification: BSc Subject:
Year 2004 Institution: Univ.of Wales, Aberystwyth
Qualification: PhD Subject:
Year 1997 Institution: University College London
Qualification: MSc Subject:
         

Publications

 

Book Chapters

Davis, S.R., Lewis, H., Turner, J., Foster, G., O'Donnell, L., Collins, B., McClatchie, M., Allen, M.J. and McCormick, F. (2015) 'Environmental evidence from Knowth and its landscape setting' In: Eogan, G. and Cleary, K (eds). Excavations at Knowth Volume 6. Dublin: Royal Irish Academy. [Details]
Lewis, H. Gallagher, C., Davis, S., Turner, J., Foster, G., Brown, A., van Breda, W., Mulrooney, G., Guinan, L., Brady, C., and Meehan, R. (2015) 'Developing a model of landscape evolution and land-use history of the River Boyne' In: In Davis, S. Chapter 8. Environmental evidence from Knowth and its landscape setting', pp. In Eogan, G. and Clearly K. (Eds.) (eds). Excavations at Knowth Volume 6. Dublin: Royal Irish Academy. [Details]
Turner J.N., Jones, A.F., Brewer, P.A., Macklin M.A and Rassner S.M. (2015) 'Micro-XRF applications in fluvial sedimentary environments of Britain and Ireland: progress and prospects' In: Ian W. Croudace and R. Guy Rothwell (eds). Micro-XRF Studies of Sediment Cores: Applications of a non-destructive tool for the environmental sciences. Dordrecht: Springer. , pp.227-266 [Details]
O'Rourke, S., Turner, J., Holden, N (2014) 'Estimating Fine Resolution Carbon Concentration in an Intact Soil Profile by X-Ray Fluorescence Scanning' In: Alfred E. Hartemink, Kevin McSweeney (eds). Soil Carbon. New York: Springer. , pp.179-187 [DOI] [Details]
Rymszewicz, A., Mockler, E. O'Sullivan, J. Bruen, M. Turner, J. Conroy, E. Kelly-Quinn, M. Harrington, J. and Lawler, D. (2014) 'Assessing the applicability of the RUSLE equation in Irish catchments' In: Y. Jun Xu, M. A. Allison, S. J. Bentley, V. Golosor, A. J. Horowitz and M. Stone (eds). Sediment dynamics from the summit to the sea. Wallingford, UK: IAHS. , pp.99-105 [Details]
Turner, J.N., Brewer, P.A., Macklin M.G., Hudson-Edwards, K.A., Coulthard, T.J., Howard, A.J., Jamieson, H.E. ; (2002) 'Heavy metal and As transport under low and high flows in the Río Guadiamar, three years after the Aznalcóllar tailings dam failure: implications for river recovery and management' In: J.M. García-Ruiz, J.A.A. Jones and J. Arnáez (eds). Environmental Change and Water Sustainability. Zaragoza: Instituto Pirenaico de Ecología. , pp.235-2511 [Details]
 

Peer Reviewed Journals

Conroy, E., Turner, J.N., Rymszewicz, A., O¿Sullivan, J.J., Bruen, M., Lawler, D.M., Stafford, S., Kelly-Quinn, M. (2017) 'The responses of macroinvertebrate taxa to burial by sediment'. Hydrobiologia, . [Details]
Conroy E., Turner J.N., Rymszewicz A., O'Sullivan J.J., Bruen M., Lawler D., Lally H., M. Kelly-Quinn M. (2016) 'Evaluating the relationship between biotic and sediment metrics using mesocosms and field studies'. Science of the Total Environment, 568 :1092-1101. [DOI] [Details]
Conroy, E, Turner, J.N., Rymszewicz, A, Bruen, M, O'Sullivan, J, Kelly-Quinn, M (2016) 'An Evaluation of Visual and Measurement-Based Methods of Measuring Deposited Fine Sediment'. International Journal of Sediment Research, 31 :368-375. [Details]
Flood, R.., Bloesmsa, M., Weltje, G.J., Barr, I.D., O'Rourke, S.M., Turner. J.N. and Orford, J. (2016) 'Compositional data analysis of Holocene sediments from the West Bengal Sundarbans, India: Geochemical proxies for grain-size variability in a delta environment'. Applied Geochemistry, 75 :222-235. [DOI] [Details]
Conroy E., Turner J.N., Rymszewicz A., O'Sullivan J.J., Bruen M., Lawler D., Lally H., M. Kelly-Quinn M. (2016) 'The impact of cattle access on ecological water quality in streams: examples from agricultural catchments within Ireland'. Science of the Total Environment, 547 :17-29. [Details]
O'Sullivan, J.J., Mwalwiba, G.L., Purcell, P.J., Turner, J.N., Mtalo, F. (2016) 'Assessing sediment and water quality issues in expanding African wetlands: the case of the Mara River, Tanzania'. International Journal of Environmental Studies, 73 (1):95-107. [Details]
Turner, JN; Holmes, N; Davis, SR; Leng, MJ; Langdon, C and Scaif RG (2015) 'A multiproxy (micro-XRF, pollen, chironomid and stable isotope) lake sediment record for the Lateglacial to Holocene transition from Thomastown Bog, Ireland'. JOURNAL OF QUATERNARY SCIENCE, 30 (6):514-528. [DOI] [Details]
Turner, J.N., Macklin, M.G., Jones, A.J. and Lewis, H.; (2010) 'New perspectives on Holocene flooding in Ireland using meta-analysis of fluvial radiocarbon dates'. Catena, 82 (3):193-190. [DOI] [Details]
Ciszewski, D. and Turner JN.; (2009) 'Storage of sediment-associated heavy metals along the channelized Odra River, Poland'. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, 34 (4):558-572. [Details]
Turner, JN., Brewer, PA., Macklin, MG.; (2008) 'Fluvial-controlled metal and As mobilisation, dispersal and storage in the Rio Guadiamar, SW Spain and its implications for long-term contaminant fluxes to the Donana wetlands'. Science of the Total Environment, 394 (1):144-161. Available Online [Details]
Macklin, MG., Brewer, PA., Hudson-Edwards, KA., Bird, G., Coulthard, TJ., Dennis, IA., Lechler, PJ., Miller, JR., Turner, JN. ; (2006) 'A geomorphological approach to the management of rivers contaminated by metal mining'. Geomorphology, 79 (3-4):423-447. [Details]
Hudson-Edwards, KA., Miller, JR., Preston, D., Lechler, PJ., Macklin, MG., Miners. JS., Turner, JN.; (2003) 'Effects of heavy metal pollution in the Pilcomayo river system, Bolivia, on resident human populations'. Journal De Physique Iv, 107 :637-640. [Details]
Hudson-Edwards, KA., Macklin, MG., Jamieson, HE., Brewer, PA., Coulthard, TJ., Howard, AJ., Turner, JN. ; (2003) 'The impact of tailings dam spills and clean-up operations on sediment and water quality in river systems: the Rios Agrio-Guadiamar, Aznalcollar, Spain'. Applied Geochemistry, 18 (2):221-239. Available Online [Details]
 

Conference Publications

Macklin, MG,Brewer, PA,Hudson-Edwards, KA,Bird, G,Coulthard, TJ,Dennis, IA,Lechler, PJ,Miller, JR,Turner, JN (2006) GEOMORPHOLOGY A geomorphological approach to the management of rivers contaminated by metal mining , pp.423-447 [DOI] [Details]
Rymszewicz, A., O'Sullivan, J., Bruen M., Turner, J., Conroy, E. & Kelly-Quinn, M. (2014) Sediment dynamics in Irish catchments 46th Conference of Irish Geographers Dublin, Ireland, , 08-MAY-14 - 10-MAY-14 [Details]
Jones, A.F., Turner, J.N., Daly, J.S., Goodhue, R., Edwards, R.J., Francus, P. and Reid, I. (2013) Rapid assessment of floodplain storage of contaminant metals using high-resolution XRF core scanning 8th International Conference (IAG) on Geomorphology, Paris, France , 27-AUG-13 - 31-AUG-13 , pp.478-478 [Details]
Rymszewicz, A., O'Sullivan, J., Bruen M., Turner, J., Conroy, E., Kelly-Quinn, M. (2013) Continuous Monitoring of Suspended Sediments - Issues in Irish Catchments 45th Conference of Irish Geographers Galway, Ireland, , 16-MAY-13 - 18-MAY-13 , pp.1-8 [Details]
Jones, A.F., Turner, J.N., Daly, J.S., Edwards, R.J., Francus, P., Goodhue, R. and Reid, I. (2013) Extending flood records in Irish and Welsh river catchments using high-resolution geochemical analysis of floodplain sediment sequences 8th International Conference (IAG) on Geomorphology, Paris, France , 27-AUG-13 - 31-AUG-13 , pp.372-372 [Details]
Jones, AF, Turner, JN and INFER partners (2013) Extending flood records in Irish and Welsh river catchments using high-resolution geochemical analysis of floodplain sediment sequences 8th International Conference on Geomorphology [Details]
Turner JN, Jones, AF and Harvey, E. (2013) Historical river channel change and stability in Irish catchments: implications for river management under the EU Water Framework Directive 8th International Conference on Geomorphology [Details]
Flood, R, Orford, J and Turner, JN (2013) Holocene sedimentary processes in the West Bengal Sundarbarns: facies dynamics in a peri-marine environment 8th International Conference on Geomorphology [Details]
Rymszewicz, A., O'Sullivan, J., Bruen M., Turner, J., Conroy, E., Kelly-Quinn, M. (2012) Suspended Sediment Fluxes and Water Quality - Pressures and Challenges 3rd International Particles in Europe (PiE) Conference Barcelona, Spain, , 17-OCT-12 - 19-NOV-12 [Details]
Haughton, P., Pierce, C., Shannon, P., Turner, J.N. (2012) Variable structure of hybrid event beds in deep-water successions 29th IAS Meeting of Sedimentology [Details]
Johnston, M.J. Macquaker, J.H.S. and Turner J.N. (2012) Investigation of Sample Resolution Required for Identifying Heterogeneity in Fine-Grained Succession from X-Ray Fluorescence Analysis Mineralogical Association of Canada [Details]
Borrego Olalla D., Georgiopoulou A., Shannon, P.M., Haughton P.D.W., Turner J.N. and McCarron S. (2012) Characterisation and correlation of Quaternary sediments in the deep Rockall Trough, NE Atlantic The Third Central & North Atlantic Conjugate Margins [Details]
Borrego Olalla D., Georgiopoulou A., Shannon, P.M., Haughton P.D.W., Benetti S., Turner J.N. and Krastel S. (2012) Quaternary sedimentary facies distribution in the Rockall Trough, NE Atlantic 55th Irish Geological Research Meeting [Details]
Borrego Olalla D., Georgiopoulou A., Shannon, P.M., Haughton P.D.W. and Turner J.N. (2012) The depositional architecture of sedimentary flows in the Rockall Trough, NE Atlantic The Deep-Sea and Sub-Seafloor Frontiers Conference (Sitges) [Details]
Davis, S.R. and Turner, J.N.; (2008) The Itrax Core Scanner IAI Conference 2008 [oral presentation] [Details]
J.N. Turner, S. Davis, C. Langdon, R. Scaife, N. Holmes, M. Leng, G. Mulrooney, T. Cummins, H. Lewis, C. Gallagher; (2010) A multiproxy (pollen, stable isotope, chironomid and µXRF) record for the Late Glacial to Holocene transition from Thomastown Bog, Ireland European Geosciences Union 2010 [Details]
JN Turner, AF Jones, MG Macklin and H Lewis; (2010) Reconstructing Holocene fluvial activity in Ireland using alluvial 14C dates European Geosciences Union, 2010 [Details]
JN Turner and X Monteys; (2010) XRF reproducibility using the Itrax: a marine sediment perspective ITRAX 2010  Applications, innovations and future developments  [Details]
Holmes, N., Warren, G. Davis, S. and Turner J; (2010) Developing quantitative records of past climate and environment in Ireland: a palaeoecological, sedimentological and archaeological approach European Geosciences Union [Details]
GC Foster, JN Turner, C Gallagher and H Lewis (2010) Digital elevation model based geomorphological mapping in the lower River Boyne valley, Ireland European Geosciences Union, 2010 [Details]
Turner, JN. and Monteys, X.; (2009) Ireland's First ITRAX: a marine sediment prospective 52nd Irish Geological Research Meeting Trinity College Dublin, [Details]
Brewer, P.A., Macklin, M.G., Turner, J.N., and Hudson-Edwards, K.A. ; (2003) Geomorphological and geochemical adjustments of the Rio Guadiamar following the 1998 Aznalcollar tailings dam failure Proceedings of the International Symposium on major challenges in tailings dams [Details]

Published Reports

Helen Lewis, Colman Gallagher, Stephen Davis, Jonathan Turner, Gerald Foster, Lisa Courtney, Kieron Goucher, Robert Scaife, Catherine Langdon, Naomi Holmes, Gareth Mulrooney, Michael J. Allen, Conor Brady, Loreto Guinan, Anthony Brown, Thomas Cummins and Robert Meehan; (2009) An integrated, comprehensive GIS model of landscape evolution and land use history in the River Boyne valley Phase II Report 2009. University College Dublin, Dublin. [Details]
Davis, S., Megarry, W., Brady, C., Barton, K., Lewis, H., Mulrooney, G., Cummins, T., Guinan, L., Turner, J., Gallagher, C. and Meehan, R. With a contribution by Jordan, J; (2010) Boyne Valley Landscapes Project. Phase III Final Report. Heritage Council, Dublin. [Details]
Davis, S., Megarry, W., Brady, C., Barton, K., Lewis, H., Mulrooney, G., Cummins, T., Guinan, L., Turner, J., Gallagher, C. and Meehan, R. With a contribution by Jordan, J.; (2010) Boyne Valley Landscapes Project. Phase III Final Report. UCD and Heritage Council, Dublin. [Details]
Lewis, H., Gallagher, C., Davis, S., Turner, J., Foster, G., Courtney, L., Goucher, K., Scaife, R., Langdon, C., Holmes, N., Mulrooney, G., Allen, M.J., Brady, C., Guinan, L., Brown, A., Cummins, T. and Meehan, R. With Contributions by K. Barton, D. Lennon and Beta Analytic Inc. ; (2009) An integrated, comprehensive GIS model of landscape evolution and land use history in the River Boyne valley. Phase II Report 2009. The Heritage Council, Online. Available Online [Details]
           

Reports

Lewis, H., Davis, S., Gallagher, C., Turner, J., Guinan, L., Brady, C., Brown, A., Meehan, R. and Cummins, T.; (2009) An integrated, comprehensive GIS model of landscape evolution and land use history in the River Boyne valley: phase II: interim report 2009. Reports [Details]
Davis, S.R., Megarry, W., Brady, C., Cummins, T., Guinan, L., Meehan, R., Lewis, H., Turner, J., Brown, A.G.and Gallagher, C.; (2010) Boyne Landscapes Project - interim report to the Heritage Council. Reports [Details]
Lewis, H., Davis, S., Gallagher, C., Turner, J., Guinan, L., Brady, C., Brown, A., Meehan, R. and Cummins, T.; (2009) An integrated, comprehensive GIS model of landscape evolution and land use history in the River Boyne valley: phase II: interim report 2009. Reports [Details]
Lewis, H., Gallagher, C., van Breda, W., Mulrooney, G., Davis, S., Meehan, R., Turner, J., Brown, A., Guinan, L. and Brady, C., with a contribution by Beta Analytic Inc.; (2008) An integrated comprehensive GIS model of landscape and land-use history in the Boyne river valley and its catchment. Final report to the Heritage Council. Reports Available Online [Details]
Lewis, H., van Breda, W., Mulrooney, G., Davis, S., Gallagher, C., Turner, J. and Brown, A.; (2008) An integrated comprehensive GIS model of landscape and land-use history in the River Boyne Valley and its catchment. Second interim report to the Heritage Council. Reports [Details]
                                                                                                 

Research

Research Interests

  • application of high resolution chemostratigraphy for palaeoenvironmental reconstruction
  • suspended sediment fluxes and catchment sediment dynamics
  • palaeoenvironmental of the Late-Glacial to Holocene transition in Ireland using limnological archives
  • flood reconstruction using XRF elemental ratios
  • reconstruction of heavy metal pollution histories in metal-mined catchments for environmental management
  • reconstruction of flood histories using radiocarbon dates
  • river channel resilience and sensitivity

Research Projects

Sponsor : Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Title : From source to sink: the response and recovery of coastal catchment ecosystems to large perturbations
Start Date / End Date : 01-APR-15 / 31-MAR-17
Sponsor : University College Dublin (UCD)
Title : Reconstructing the buried shoreline and harbour of the ancient port of Methone, Pieria, North Greece
Start Date / End Date : 01-APR-15 / 31-MAR-17
Sponsor : Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Title : SILTFLUX
Start Date / End Date : 01-MAR-11 / 20-MAY-17
Sponsor : EC Framework (FP7)
Title : Innovations in Fluvial Environmental Research: Core Scanning of Flooding and Contaminant Histories (INFER)
Start Date / End Date : 01-JUN-12 / 01-JUN-14
 

Current Postgraduate Students

Ciara Fleming, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)   -   Thesis Supervisor