Sara Turner

Assistant Professor

Zurn 219A

(814) 824-3089

Dr. Turner's research lies in the broad area of conservation and evolutionary genetics, but she is particularly interested in understanding the genetics and microevolutionary adaptations of wild populations of vertebrate animals. She has worked on a variety of projects and collaborated with researchers in many different fields. In all, Sara uses molecular markers and statistical genetic methods that allow her to provide quantitative answers to such ecological and evolutionary questions as: 1) identification of population of origin, 2) the relationships between individuals in population, 3) genetic factors that may influence an individual’s fitness, and 4) how the populations adapt in response to a changing environment. 



Ph.D. Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN
Advisor: Andrew DeWoody
“Genetic effects on Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar) survivorship”
2001- 2007

B.A. Biology, Pomona College Claremont, CA
1997- 2001

Courses Taught:

  • Bio 146 Ecology and Evolutionary Biology of Organisms
  • Bio 147 Ecology and Evolutionary Biology of Organisms Lab
  • Bio 448 Population Genetics