Thomas Turner

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Associate Dean for Research


Personal Statement:

Thomas Turner is Professor of Biology and Curator of Fishes in the Museum of Southwestern Biology. He earned his PhD in Biological Sciences from Florida International University in 1996, completed post-doctoral research at Texas A&M University, and joined the faculty at the University of New Mexico in 1998. Professor Turner's research, teaching, and curatorial programs focus on ecology, evolution, and conservation of aquatic life in arid regions of the world. His research program has received continuous extramural support totaling over $8.5 million, and produced over 100 papers and technical reports in journals like Conservation Biology, Ecology, Evolution, Genetics, and Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. In 2001, he received the prestigious Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award from the National Science Foundation. He has mentored 10 post-doctoral scholars, 23 graduate students, and 45 undergraduate students to professional careers in environmental science and conservation. He teaches courses in Ecology & Evolution, Vertebrate Biology, and Ichthyology. Turner is a member of the Independent Science Advisory Board for the Columbia Basin Fish & Wildlife Program, the Executive Committee of the Middle Rio Grande Endangered Species Collaborative Program, and is science adviser to endangered species recovery programs in the southwestern US. He was elected to the Board of Governors of the American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists and hosted the national meeting of that society in 2013. He served as Director of the Museum of Southwestern Biology from 2007-2011, Associate Chair in the Department of Biology from 2012-2014, and as a Program Director in the Division of Environmental Biology at the National Science Foundation from 2017-2018. He was appointed Associate Dean for Research in the College of Arts and Sciences in 2014.