Sarah E. Turner

Assistant Professor,
Concordia University

Department of Geography, Planning and Environment
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Post-doctorate, Behavioural ecology, McGill University (2012-2016)
Doctorate, Anthropology, The University of Calgary (2003-2010)
Master's, Interdisciplinary (Primatology), University of Victoria (2000-2003)
Bachelor's, Women's Studies, Simon Fraser University (1994-1999)


Dr. Sarah Turner is interested in how the behavioural ecology of nonhuman primates is influenced by human-induced environmental change. She studies the behaviour of free-ranging Japanese macaques with physical disabilities to explore hypotheses related to behavioural flexibility, mother-infant interactions and social behaviour.

QCBS students

Megan Joyce

(Start: 2018)
Optimal spatial movement strategies in foraging among free-ranging Japanese macaques (Macaca fuscata)
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Brogan Stewart

(Start: 2018, End: 2020)
Using fractal analysis to determine if physical impairment in Japanese macaques (Macaca fuscata) reduces behavioural movement complexity

Examples of species studied



10- A Global-Scale Evaluation of Primate Exposure and Vulnerability to Climate Change
Graham, TL, Matthews, HD, Turner, SE
2016 International Journal of Primatology (Date Added: 2018-02-22)

9-Birth (Primates)
Turner, SEaF
2015 Encyclopedia of Human Sexuality ( Date Added: 2018-02-22)

8- Social consequences of disability in a nonhuman primate
Turner, SE, Fedigan, LM, Matthews, HD, Nakamichi, M
2014 Journal of Human Evolution (Date Added: 2018-02-22)

7- Disability, Compensatory Behavior, and Innovation in Free-Ranging Adult Female Japanese Macaques (Macaca Fuscata)
Turner, SE, Fedigan, LM, Matthews, HD, Nakamichi, M
2012 American Journal of Primatology (Date Added: 2018-02-22)

6- Ribbon’s Way
Turner, SE
2012 (Date Added: 2018-02-22)

5- Birth in free-ranging Macaca fuscata
Turner, SE, Fedigan, LM, Nakamichi, M, Matthews, HD, McKenna, K, Nobuhara, H, Nobuhara, T, Shimizu, K
2010 International Journal of Primatology (Date Added: 2018-02-22)

4- The Littlest Monkey
Turner, SE
2010 (Date Added: 2018-02-22)

3- Of mongooses and mitigation: Ecological analogues to geoengineering
Matthews, HD, Turner, SE
2009 Environmental Research Letters (Date Added: 2018-02-22)

2- Monkeys with disabilities: Prevalence and severity of congenital limb malformations in Macaca fuscata on Awaji Island
Turner, SE, Fedigan, LM, Nobuhara, H, Nobuhara, T, Matthews, HD, Nakamichi, M
2008 Primates (Date Added: 2018-02-22)

1- Maternal behavior and infant congenital limb malformation in a free-ranging group of Macaca fuscata on Awaji Island, Japan
Turner, SE, Gould, L, Duffus, DA
2005 International Journal of Primatology (Date Added: 2018-02-22)