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Steve Turton

BSc, MSc, PhD
Adjunct Professor of Environmental Geography
Research Division
About Me

Steve is an Adjunct Professor of Environmental Geography at CQUniversity in Cairns. Previously, he held a number of senior roles as director and professor at James Cook University in Cairns. From 2003-2005, he was an Associate Professor in Geography and Director of Research for the Rainforest Cooperative Research Centre. Steve is a former Councillor of the Institute of Australian Geographers (2004-2007 and 2011-2012) and former member of the Wet Tropics Management Authority’s Scientific Advisory Committee (2004-2011). He was also honorary Treasurer of the Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation (ATBC), Asia-Pacific Chapter (2010-15). Steve is the co-Chair of the ATBC Conservation Committee. In 2009, he was appointed to the ATBC Council for a 2-year term. In 2010 he was a member of the Engineering & Environmental Sciences Panel for the Australian Government’s Excellence in Research Australia initiative. Steve is a Past President of the Australian Council of Environmental Deans and Directors, Past-President of the Institute of Australian Geographers and Chair of the National Committee for Geographical Sciences, Australian Academy of Science. Steve is a Distinguished Fellow of the Institute of Australian Geographers, recognised for his distinguished service to Australian Geography. In 2017, Steve was the recipient of the JP Thomson Medal from the Royal Geographical Society of Queensland, recognised for his significant contributions to Australian Geography over an extended period of time.


Cassowary Award for Science (2009), Wet Tropics Management Authority

Distinguished Fellow (2016), Institute of Australian Geographers

JP Thomson Medal (2017), Royal Geographical Society of Queensland

Research Interests
Environmental Sciences

Environmental Science and Management - Environmental Management
Steve's research and teaching interests include: tropical climatology and climate change, rainforest disturbance ecology (esp. due to tropical cyclones), adaptation of tourism, agriculture, forestry and NRM sectors to climate change, and natural resource management. He has published widely in these areas of study.

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