STT = St. Thomas Campus,
St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands

STX = Albert A. Sheen Campus,
St. Croix, US Virgin Islands

STJ = St. John Academic Center,
St. John, US Virgin Islands

Turner, Teresa

Turner, Teresa




Marine Science Center


Research interests and specialties are marine ecology, minority representation in science, coral reef biology, student development, and general education.

Area: Marine Ecology

Abstract of Research: I have two broad interests (1) sharing my enthusiasm for science with students, especially underrepresented minority students and women students and working to enhance student success, (2) conducting research to understand the processes of community organization and recovery from disturbance. I am the Director of two National Institutes of Health grants for minority student training, MARC and MBRS-RISE. I have worked in rocky intertidal areas, in Caribbean sea grass meadows, and coral reefs. I have studied ecological succession, the effects of artificial reefs, recovery from hurricanes, and feeding of coral reef and seagrass herbivores. Currently a UVI student is working with me studying the behavior of a sacoglossan gastropod, Tridachia crispata (italicize the name), a coral reef herbivore that may be a model system for neurophysiological research. I have taught: ecology, marine ecology, aquatic botany, coral reef biology, evolution, invertebrate zoology, and Caribbean: The Natural World.


  • Menge, B., T.M. Farrell, A.M. Olsen, P. van Tamelen, and T. Turner. 1993. Algal recruitment and the maintenance of a plant mosaic in the low intertidal zone of the Oregon coast. J. Exp. Mar. Biol. Ecol. 170:91-116
  • Turner, T. and J. Lucas. 1985. Differences and similarities in the community roles of three rocky intertidal surfgrasses. J. Exp. Mar. Biol. Ecol. 89:175-189.
  • Turner, T. 1985. Stability of rocky intertidal surfgrass beds: persistence, preemption, and recovery. Ecology 66:83-92.
  • Turner, T. 1983. Complexity of early and middle successional stages in a rocky intertidal surfgrass community. Oecologia 60:56-65.
  • Turner, T. 1983. Facilitation as a successional mechanism is a rocky intertidal community. American Naturalist 121:729-738.