Ben Turner

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Benjamin Turner

My research focuses on nutrient cycling in tropical forests, with an emphasis on soil phosphorus dynamics and its influence on the distribution of plant species in the environment. I lead the SI-GEO/CTFS soils program, which involves detailed studies of soil taxonomy, carbon stocks, and nutrient mapping in the large forest dynamics plots in Asia, Africa, and the Americas.

Suggested Reading
  • Turner, B.L., Haygarth, P.M., 2001. Phosphorus solubilization in rewetted soils. Nature 411, 258.

  • Engelbrecht, B.M.J., Comita, L.S., Condit, R., Kursar, T.A., Tyree, M.T., Turner, B.L., Hubbell, S.P., 2007. Drought sensitivity shapes species distribution patterns in tropical forests. Nature 447, 80–82

  • Turner, B.L., 2008. Resource partitioning for soil phosphorus: a hypothesis. Journal of Ecology 96, 698-702.