Caroline Turner, PhD

Postdoctoral Associate

Dr. Caroline Turner


434 Bridgeside Point 2

450 Technology Drive

Pittsburgh, PA 15219


PhD in Ecology, Evolutionary Biology and Behavior, Michigan State University, 2015

MS in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Cornell University, 2008

BA in Biology, Oberlin College, 2004

Research Summary

I am interested in the evolution of ecological interactions. At the University of Pittsburgh, I am studying the evolution of multiple ecotypes from a single ancestor in a biofilm evolution experiment. These ecotypes exhibit synergystic interactions, in that the productivity is greater when all ecotypes are grown together than predicted based on the growth of each ecotype in isolation. 

Research Lab Affiliation


Matthews B, Narwani A, Hausch S, Nonaka E, Peter H, Yamamichi M, Sullam K.E, Bird K.C, Thomas M.K, Hanley T.C. and Turner C.B. (2011) Toward an integration of evolutionary biology and ecosystem science. Ecol Lett. 14: 690-701. |  View Abstract

Turner C.B. (2010) Influence of zebra (Dreissena polymorpha) and quagga (Dreissena rostriformis) mussel invasion on benthic nutrient and oxygen dynamics. Canadian Jour of Fisheries and Aquatic Sci. 67: 1899-1908. |  View Abstract

Capps K.A, Turner C.B, Booth M.T, Chai D, Lombardozzi D.L, McArt S.H. and Hairston, Jr., N.G. (2009) The behavioral and trophic ecology of an introduced fish, Gambusia affinis, and an endemic shrimp, Halocardina rubra, in Hawaiian anchialine ponds. Pacific Science. 63: 27-37. |  View Abstract

Vadas T.M, Fahey T.J, Sherman R.E, Demers J.D, Grossman J.M, Maul J.E, Melvin A.M, O'Neill B, Raciti S.M, Rochon E.T, Sugar D.J, Tonitto C, Turner C.B, Walsh M.J. and Xue K. (2007) Approaches for analyzing local carbon mitigation strategies: Tompkins County, New York, USA. Intl Jour of Greenhouse Gas Control. 1: 360-373. |  View Abstract