Lindsay Turnbull

Department of Plant Sciences
University of Oxford
South Parks Road
Oxford, OX1 3RB, UK

Associate Professor & Tutorial Fellow, Queen’s College

Lindsay’s research interests focus on how and why plant species differ from one another and what the consequences are for ecosystems.

With relevance to food security, Lindsay has developed models of plant growth and resource usage and reviewed the literature on the impacts of organic agriculture on biodiversity.


Recent Relevant Publications: 


  • Tuck, S. L., Winqvist, C., Mota, F., Ahnström, J., Turnbull, L. A., Bengtsson, J. (2014), Land-use intensity and the effects of organic farming on biodiversity: a hierarchical meta-analysis. Journal of Applied Ecology. doi: 10.1111/1365-2664.12219


  • Joseph B, J Corwin, T Züst, B Li, M Iravani, G Schaepman-Strub, LA Turnbull and DJ Kliebenstein. High-throughput phenotyping and QTL mapping reveals differential nuclear and cytoplasmic genetic architectures for plant growth and defense within Arabidopsis. Plant Cell 25, 1929 – 1945.
  • Turnbull LA, JM Levine, M Loreau and A Hector. (2013) Coexistence, niches, and the effects of biodiversity on ecosystem functioning. Ecology Letters 16: 116-127 (Faculty of 1000 recommended) OPEN ACCESS
  • Sutherland WJ,  RP Freckleton, HCJ Godfray, SR Beissinger, T Benton, DD Cameron, Y Carmel, DA Coomes, T Coulson, MC Emmerson,  RS Hails, GC Hays, DJ Hodgson, MJ Hutchings, D Johnson, JPG Jones, MJ Keeling, H Kokko, WE Kunin, X Lambin, OT Lewis, Y Malhi, N  Mieszkowska, EJ Milner-Gulland, K Norris, AB Phillimore, DW Purves, JM Reid, DC Reuman, K Thompson, JMJ Travis, LA Turnbull, DA Wardle, T Wiegand. (2013)  Identification of 100 fundamental ecological questions. Journal of Ecology. 101, 58-67. (Faculty of 1000 recommended)


  • Cozzi G, F Broekhuis, JW McNutt, LA Turnbull, DW Macdonald and B Schmid. (2012) Fear of the dark or dinner by moonlight? Reduced temporal partitioning among Africa’s large carnivores. Ecology. 93, 2590-2599.
  • Züst T, C Heichinger, U Grossniklaus, R Harrington, DJ Kliebenstein and Turnbull LA. (2012) Natural enemies drive geographic variation in plant defenses Science 338, 116-119.
  • Philipson CD, P Saner, TR Marthews, R Nilus, G Reynolds, LA Turnbull, and A Hector. (2012) Light-based regeneration niches: evidence from 21 Dipterocarp species using size-specific RGRs. Biotropica 44, 627-636.
  • Turnbull LA, CD Philipson, DW Purves, RL Atkinson, J Cunniff, A Goodenough, Y Hautier, J Houghton, TR Marthews, CP Osborne, C Paul-Victor, KE Rose, P Saner, SH Taylor, FI Woodward, A Hector and M Rees. (2012) Plant growth rates and seed size: a re-evaluation. Ecology 93, 1283-1289.
  • Paine CET, TR Marthews, DR Vogt, DW Purves, M Rees, A Hector and LA Turnbull. (2012) How to fit nonlinear plant growth models and calculate growth rates: an update for ecologists. Methods in Ecology and Evolution 3, 245-256.
  • Turnbull LA. (2012) Niche versus neutral models of community organization. Oxford Bibliographies: Ecology.


  • Züst T, B Joseph, KK Shimizu, DJ Kliebenstein, and LA Turnbull. (2011) Using knockout mutants to reveal the costs of defensive traits. Proc. Roy. Soc. B 278:2598-2603.