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Turnbull, Johanna Dr.

Associate Lecturer

Research Overview


  • I am an early career plant ecophysiologist conducting research in stress biology, photosynthesis, and plant response to climate change. I am interested in understanding the mechanisms behind plant tolerance to extreme environmental stress and have been involved in long term monitoring of Antarctic mosses at Casey station (State of the Environment Indicator 72) since its inception in 2000. I have used Enzyme Linked Immunosorbent Assays (ELISAs), High Performance Liquid Chromatography, spectrophotometric assays, microscopy and chlorophyll fluorescence to monitor health and stress markers in plants. I am a motivating and supportive tertiary educator, engaging students with a range of active learning strategies. In 2017 I  introduced a blended delivery model into the Universities largest first year subject.

Selected Publications


Research Overview


  • I am an early career plant ecophysiologist conducting research in stress biology, photosynthesis, and plant response to climate change. I am interested in understanding the mechanisms behind plant tolerance to extreme environmental stress and have been involved in long term monitoring of Antarctic mosses at Casey station (State of the Environment Indicator 72) since its inception in 2000. I have used Enzyme Linked Immunosorbent Assays (ELISAs), High Performance Liquid Chromatography, spectrophotometric assays, microscopy and chlorophyll fluorescence to monitor health and stress markers in plants. I am a motivating and supportive tertiary educator, engaging students with a range of active learning strategies. In 2017 I  introduced a blended delivery model into the Universities largest first year subject.

Selected Publications


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