Kevin Turner

Associate Professor, Earth Sciences

Office: Mackenzie Chown C330
905 688 5550 x5399

Hydrologist with interests in geomorphology, permafrost, active layer, thermokarst, isotope hydrology, paleolimnology, geomatics and spatial analysis.

Tenure-track Assistant Professor, Brock University

GIS Specialist and Land Survey Coordinator, Geophysical Applications Ltd.

  • PhD Geography, Wilfrid Laurier University
  • Geographic Information System Application Specialist, Sir Sandford Fleming College
  • BSc Physical Geography and Biology, Trent University
  • Board member for Association of Canadian Universities for Northern Studies (2010-present)
  • Chair of Brock University Northern Studies Committee (2013-present)
  • GEOG 2P12 Quantitative Research Design and Methodology
  • GEOG 3P04 Digital Mapping
  • GEOG 3P05 Geographic Information Systems
  • GEOG 3P95 Advanced Geographic Information Systems
  • SSAS 5P11 (0.5) Water Resource Economics, Management, and Governance
  • GEOG 5P03 Quantitative Analysis in Geography

Kevin Turner has been an Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography and Tourism Studies and cross-appointed with Earth Sciences at Brock University since 2013. During that time Kevin has expanded his hydrology research in Old Crow Flats (OCF) with a focus to refine our knowledge of how climate-induced landscape changes are affecting the hydrology and carbon balance of northern lake-rich landscapes. He has been working since 2007 to track hydrological conditions and identify associated drivers in OCF. He has led 12 field-sampling campaigns in northern Yukon and has integrated multiple approaches including water isotope tracers, paleolimnology, dendrochronology, and remote sensing, including the use of unmanned aviation systems, to characterize hydrological and landscape change over multiple spatial and temporal scales. As an affiliate of the NASA-ABoVE program, he will be evaluating the utility of leading-edge remote sensing datasets for modeling catchment characteristics and lake and river hydrological conditions in OCF. Kevin’s research program aims to enhance land management and adaptation strategies as climate continues to change.

  • Turner KW, MD Pearce, D Hughes. 2021. Detailed characterization and monitoring of a retrogressive thaw slump from remotely piloted aircraft systems and identifying associated influence on carbon and nitrogen export. Remote Sensing, section: Remote Sensing in Geology, Geomorphology and Hydrology, special issue: Applications of UAVs in Cold Region Ecological and Environmental Studies. (Selected to feature on issue cover).
  • Prince TJ, MFJ Pisaric, KW Turner. 2018. Postglacial reconstruction of fire history using sedimentary charcoal and pollen from a small lake in southwest Yukon Territory, Canada. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution, section Paleoecology.
  • Giordano BV, KW Turner, FF Hunter. 2018. Geospatial Analysis and Seasonal Distribution of West Nile Virus Vectors (Diptera: Culicidae) in Southern Ontario, Canada. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health: 15(4), 614, doi:10.3390/ijerph15040614
  • Balabubramaniam AM, AS Medeiros, KW Turner, RI Hall, BB Wolfe. 2016. Biotic responses to multiple aquatic and terrestrial gradients in shallow subarctic lakes (Old Crow Flats, Yukon Territory, Canada). Arctic Science: In review
  • MacDonald LA, BB Wolfe, KW Turner, L Anderson, CD Arp, SJ Birks, F Bouchard, TWD Edwards, N Farquharson, RI Hall, I McDonald, B Narancic, C Ouimet, R Pienitz, J Tondu, H White. 2016. A synthesis of thermokarst lake water balance in high-latitude regions of North America from isotope tracers. Arctic Science: 10.1139/AS-2016-0019
  • Bouchard F, LA MacDonald, KW Turner, JR Thienpont, AS Medeiros, BK Biskaborn, J Korosi, RI Hall, R Pienitz, BB Wolfe. 2016. Paleolimnology of thermokarst lakes: a window into permafrost landscape evolution. Arctic Science: 10.1139/AS-2016-0022
  • Tondu JM, KW Turner, JA Wiklund, BB Wolfe, RI Hall, I McDonald.  2016.  Limnological evolution of Zelma Lake, a recently drained thermokarst lake in Old Crow Flats (Yukon, Canada). Arctic Science 10.1139/AS-2016-0012
  • Lantz TC and KW Turner. 2015. Increase in the frequency of catastrophic lake drainage in the Old Crow Flats, Yukon. Journal of Geophysical Research: Biogeosciences, 120, 513-524, doi: 10.1002/2014JG002744.
  • Turner KW, BB Wolfe, TWD Edwards, TC Lantz, RI Hall, G Larocque.  2014.  Controls on water balance of shallow thermokarst lakes and their relations with catchment characteristics: a multi-year, landscape-scale assessment based on water isotope tracers and remote sensing in Old Crow Flats, Yukon (Canada).  Global Change Biology 20 (5): 1585-1603.
  • Turner KW, TWD Edwards , BB Wolfe.  2014.  Characterising runoff generation processes in a lake-rich thermokarst landscape (Old Crow Flats, Yukon, Canada) using δ18O, δ2H and d-excess measurements.  Permafrost and Periglacial Processes 25: 53-59.
  • Bouchard F, KW Turner, LA MacDonald, C Deakin, H White, N Farquharson, AS Medeiros, BB Wolfe, RI Hall, R Pienitz, TWD Edwards.  2013.  Vulnerability of shallow subarctic lakes to evaporate and desiccate when snowmelt runoff is low.  Geophysical Research Letters 40:  6112-6117.
  • Tondu JM, KW Turner, BB Wolfe, RI Hall, TWD Edwards, I McDonald.  2013.  Using water isotope tracers to develop the hydrological component of a long-term aquatic ecosystem monitoring program for a northern lake-rich landscape.  Arctic, Antarctic, and Alpine Research 45 (4):  594-614.
  • MacDonald LA, KW Turner, AM Balasubramaniam, BB Wolfe, RI Hall and JN Sweetman. 2012. Tracking hydrological responses of a thermokarst lake in the Old Crow Flats (Yukon Territory, Canada) to recent climate variability using aerial photos and paleolimnological methods. Hydrological Processes 26: 117-129.
  • Turner KW, BB Wolfe and TWD Edwards. 2010. Characterizing the role of hydrological processes on lake water balances in the Old Crow Flats, Yukon Territory, Canada, using water isotope tracers. Journal of Hydrology 386: 103-117.
  • Wolfe BB, MM Humphries, MFJ Pisaric, AM Balasubramaniam, CR Burn, L Chan, D Cooley, DG Froese, S Graupe, RI Hall, T Lantz, TJ Porter, P Roy-Leveillee, KW Turner, SD Wesche and M Williams. 2011. Environmental change and traditional use of the Old Crow Flats in northern Canada: An IPY opportunity to meet the challenges of the new northern research paradigm. Arctic 64: 127-135.
  • Wolfe BB and KW Turner, 2008. Near-record precipitation causes rapid drainage of Zelma Lake, Old Crow Flats, northern Yukon Territory. Meridian Spring/Summer issue: 7-12.