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Dr Craig Turner
  • Project Co-ordinator
  • Researcher
[General description section]

Craig recently co-led the Negros Interior Biodiversity Expedition supported by the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) - an independent project to an unexplored area of the central Philippines. He also lead the international programmes for JFA Ltd. He was the research leader for a Darwin Initiative funded programme in Papua New Guinea, combining resource assessment, biodiversity research, environmental training and alternative livelihoods.

Prior to this Craig worked for Coral Cay Conservation overseeing conservation and research programmes in coral reef and tropical forest areas in the Philippines, Malaysia, Thailand and Papua New Guinea.

Position within organisation
Conservation Biologist

This expedition was a ground-breaking first biological exploration of the interior of the North Negros Natural Park.

The red slender loris (Loris tardigradus) is a nocturnal primate and has been the focus of considerable research interest over the past decade. However, despite this interest only limited data are available for the accurate evaluation of their conservation status or applied management needs. A group of committed experts and interested parties gathered in February 2009 to determine priority areas to which conservation research funding should be applied. Within the scope of a single year of funding a focus has been placed on provision of required skills training, resolution of key research questions achievable within such a timeframe (species distribution, range and taxonomy), the development of baseline data and a data management and analysis systems to offer a robust measure of change in habitat patch occupancy over time. Provision of training materials and opportunities to develop technical capacity in potential partner organizations such as the Department of Wildlife Conservation (DWC) and the Forestry Department (FD) as well as within educational establishments will also be a significant component of the project.

Finally, a conservation action plan will be generated in concert with findings of field research, and interactions with management agencies that will hopefully act as a guiding foundation document for national commitment to applied conservation management of loris habitat and populations, if deemed necessary by the Sri Lankan Loris Conservation Group following outcomes of this study.

Co-ordinate the project with our Sri Lankan partners and provide technical support for the ongoing field work and production of project outputs.

  • Establish spatial knowledge of the distribution and occurrence of some of the threatened species in Mexico.
  • Screen individuals and other amphibians in these areas for the presence of chytrid fungus.
  • Increase the capacity in Mexico for the long term conservation of these species

To conserve the critically endangered Rondo galago and other threatened species in the coastal forests of Tanzania through research, improved forest management and increased awareness.

Relevant species

The slender loris is characterised by its enormous eyes and extremely thin limbs.

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Research interests
Craig’s conservation research interests range from ecosystem approaches to natural resource management to baseline biodiversity surveys to inform conservation management. As such he has worked on research and conservation projects focussed on marine/coastal and tropical forest areas in the Philippines, Malaysia, Sri Lanka and Papua New Guinea.
Relevant publications
Turner, C.S., Crawley, W-Y., Benares, J., Sawyer, J. & Sagun, V.G. (2010) North Negros Natural Park—first insight into the forest interior. Oryx, 44(2), 168.

Turner, C.S. (2010) Philippines Biodiversity - a mountain to climb. Asian Geographic 70 (1), 50-53.

Turner, C.S. (2009) Eden's Final Frontier. BBC Wildlife Magazine, 27 (10), 84-87.

Turner, C.S. (2009) Spotted in the Philippines. BBC Wildlife Magazine, 27 (9), 44.

O’Malley, R., King, R.A., Turner, C.S., Tyler, S., Cummings, M. & Raines, P.S. (2006) The diversity and distribution of the bat fauna (Mammalia, Chiroptera, Megachiroptera) of Danjugan Island Cauayan, Negros Occidental, Philippines (with notes on the Microchiroptera). Biodiversity and Conservation, 15, 43-56.

Turner, C.S. (2004) Bird biodiversity hotspot in Negros in the Philippines. Oryx, 38(1), 8.

Slade, E.M. & Turner, C.S. (2003) An inventory of the butterflies (Lepidoptera: Rhopalocera) of the Upper Imbang-Caliban watershed of the North Negros Forest Reserve, Philippines. Silliman Journal, 44(2), 158-183.

Turner, C.S., Tamblyn, A., Dray, R., Ledesma, J-M., Maunder, L. & Raines, P.S. (2003) Negros Avifauna: a comparison of community composition between different habitat types within the North Negros Forest Reserve, Negros Occidental, Philippines. Silliman Journal, 44(2), 136-157.

Tamblyn, A., Turner, C.S., Dray, R. & Raines, P.S. (2003) The bats (Mammalia, Chiroptera) of the Upper Imbang-Caliban Watershed, North Negros Forest Reserve, Negros Occidental, Philippines. Silliman Journal, 44(2), 100-116.

King, R.A., Tyler, S., Turner, C.S., O’Malley, R. & Raines, P.S. (2003) Bird records from Danjugan Island, Negros Occidental, Philippines. Silliman Journal, 44(2), 117-135.

King, R.A., Turner, C.S., Dacles, T., Solandt, J-L. & Raines, P.S. (2002) The mangrove communities of Danjugan Island, Cauayan, Negros Occidental, Philippines. Silliman Journal, 43, 153-167.

Turner, C.S. & Raines, P. (2002) Rebel army need not be a barrier to conservation. Nature, 418, 125.

Turner, C.S. (2002) Endangered Bat Discovery: Philippine Tube-nose fruit bat (Nyctimene rabori). Bat Research News, 43 (2), 65.

Turner, C.S., Slade, E.M. & Ledesma, G. (2001) The Negros Rainforest Conservation Project: Past, Present & Future. Silliman Journal, 42 (1), 109-132.

Associated Blog Posts
27th Jul 12
Our two EDGE scientists David and Craig had battled bad weather and stormy seas to get a glimpse of the elusive pygmy three-toed sloth on Escudo Island. The...  Read

29th Jun 12
In the previous blog, the NIBE team had set up their camera traps in areas of known mammal activity in the North Negros National Park in the Philippines, ana...  Read

24th May 12
In the last blog David and Craig had arrived in Panama City, met their chef Gustavo and boat captain Sebastian, and had gathered all the equipment they neede...  Read

5th May 12
The Negros Interior Biodiversity Expedition (NIBE) 2012 saw a team of biodiversity scientists explore the interior of the North Negros Natural Park on Negros...  Read

11th Apr 12
After 13 months of project planning, fund raising and reviewing the available literature, Craig Turner and I were at the stage of actually procuring equipmen...  Read

16th Sep 11
Taking a trip to a primary school to join up with a Tuk Tuk rally to do some tree planting was not part of our original plan to launch our forest corrido...  Read

19th Jul 10
A massive occupancy monitoring programme has been initiated over the past 18 months to assess the persistence of lorises in over 100 of the remaining fragmen...  Read