Doctor Christopher Turbill

Doctor Christopher Turbill

Senior Lecturer in Animal Science,
Life Sciences

Biography

Key Interests:

Thermal ecology: linking thermoregulatory physiology and metabolism (body temperature, energetic costs), behavioural decisions (e.g. when and where to forage) and ecological traits (e.g. habitat requirements, life-hisory strategies, etc) - primarily for mammals and birds

Bat biology and ecology

Comparative (evolutionary) physiology

Australian wildlife

Research methods:

Laboratory controlled experiments

Semi-captive controlled experiments: manipulating key conditions (food availability, thermal environment, etc) and mesuring responses by free-living animals in near-natural captive environments (e.g. foraging enclosures)

Biologging of thermoregulation, metabolism and behavioural ecology of wild animals experiencing natural variation in conditions and resources

Desktop analyses of published data, e.g. using phylogenetically-informed generalised linear modeling to understand the evolution of variation in traits depending on environmental selective pressures

This information has been contributed by Doctor Turbill.

Qualifications

  • PhD University of New England

Organisational Unit (School / Division)

  • Life Sciences

Contact

Email: C.Turbill@westernsydney.edu.au
Phone: (02) 4570 1456
Mobile:
Location: L3.G.06
Hawkesbury

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Teaching

Previous Teaching Areas

  • 300470 Vertebrate Biodiversity, 2020
  • 300813 Wildlife Studies, 2020

Publications

Chapters in Books

  • Ruf, T., Bieber, C. and Turbill, C. (2012), 'Survival, aging, and life-history tactics in mammalian hibernators', Living in a Seasonal World: Thermoregulatory and Metabolic Adaptations, Springer 9783642286773.
  • Giroud, S., Turbill, C. and Ruf, T. (2012), 'Torpor use and body mass gain during pre-hibernation in late-born juvenile garden dormice exposed to food shortage', Living in a Seasonal World: Thermoregulatory and Metabolic Adaptations, Springer 9783642286773.
  • Lunney, D., Parnaby, H., Pennay, M., Haering, R., Law, B., Eby, P., Schulz, M. and Turbill, C. (2011), 'The Priorities Action Statement (PAS) for the threatened bats of New South Wales', The Biology and Conservation of Australasian Bats, Royal Zoological Society of New South Wales 9780980327243.
  • Stawski, C., Turbill, C. and Geiser, F. (2008), 'Prolonged torpor use during winter by a free-ranging bat from sub-tropical Australia', Hypometabolism in Animals: Hibernation, Torpor and Cryobiology, University of KwaZulu-Natal 9780620414821.
  • Geiser, F., Drury, R., Kortner, G., Turbill, C., Pavey, C. and Brigham, R. (2004), 'Passive re-warming from torpor in mammals and birds: energetic, ecological and evolutionary implications', Life in the Cold: Evolution, Mechanisms, Adaptation, and Application, University of Alaska 9770568860002.

Journal Articles

  • Hanrahan, N., Turbill, C., Armstrong, K., Dalziell, A. and Welbergen, J. (2021), 'Ghost bats exhibit informative daily and seasonal temporal patterns in the production of social vocalisations', Australian Journal of Zoology, vol 67, no 6 , pp 305 - 315.
  • Turbill, C. and Welbergen, J. (2020), 'Anticipating white-nose syndrome in the Southern Hemisphere : widespread conditions favourable to Pseudogymnoascus destructans pose a serious risk to Australia's bat fauna', Austral Ecology, vol 45, no 1 , pp 89 - 96.
  • Turbill, C., Kortner, G. and Geiser, F. (2020), 'Roost use and thermoregulation by female Australian long-eared bats (Nyctophilus geoffroyi and N. gouldi) during pregnancy and lactation', Australian Journal of Zoology, vol 67, no 6 , pp 339 - 345.
  • Geiser, F., Bondarenco, A., Currie, S., Doty, A., Kortner, G., Law, B., Pavey, C., Riek, A., Stawski, C., Turbill, C., Willis, C. and Brigham, R. (2020), 'Hibernation and daily torpor in Australian and New Zealand bats : does the climate zone matter?', Australian Journal of Zoology, vol 67, no 6 , pp 316 - 330.
  • Romano, A., Hunt, A., Welbergen, J. and Turbill, C. (2019), 'Nocturnal torpor by superb fairy-wrens : a key mechanism for reducing winter daily energy expenditure', Biology Letters, vol 15, no 6 .
  • Turbill, C., McAllan, B. and Prior, S. (2019), 'Thermal energetics and behaviour of a small, insectivorous marsupial in response to the interacting risks of starvation and predation', Oecologia, vol 191, no 4 , pp 803 - 815.
  • Turbill, C. and Stojanovski, L. (2018), 'Torpor reduces predation risk by compensating for the energetic cost of antipredator foraging behaviours', Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, vol 285, no 1893 .
  • Beiber, C., Turbill, C. and Ruf, T. (2018), 'Effects of aging on timing of hibernation and reproduction', Scientific Reports, vol 8, no 1 .
  • Turbill, C. and Prior, S. (2016), 'Thermal climate linked variation in annual survival rate of hibernating rodents : shorter winter dormancy and lower survival in warmer climates', Functional Ecology, vol 30 , pp 1366 - 1372.
  • Nussey, D., Baird, D., Barrett, E., Boner, W., Fairlie, J., Gemmell, N., Hartmann, N., Horn, T., Haussmann, M., Olsson, M., Turbill, C., Verhulst, S., Zahn, S. and Monaghan, P. (2014), 'Measuring telomere length and telomere dynamics in evolutionary biology and ecology', Methods in Ecology and Evolution, vol 5, no 4 , pp 299 - 310.
  • Giroud, S., Zahn, S., Criscuolo, F., Chery, I., Blanc, S., Turbill, C. and Ruf, T. (2014), 'Late-born intermittently fasted juvenile garden dormice use torpor to grow and fatten prior to hibernation : consequences for ageing processes', Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, vol 281, no 1797 , pp 1 - 9.
  • Turbill, C., Ruf, T., Smith, S. and Bieber, C. (2013), 'Seasonal variation in telomere length of a hibernating rodent', Biology Letters, vol 9, no 2 .
  • Turbill, C., Ruf, T., Rothmann, A. and Arnold, W. (2013), 'Social dominance is associated with individual differences in heart rate and energetic response to food restriction in female red deer', Physiological and Biochemical Zoology, vol 86, no 5 , pp 528 - 537.
  • Bieber, C., Ju?kaitis, R., Turbill, C. and Ruf, T. (2012), 'High survival during hibernation affects onset and timing of reproduction', Oecologia, vol 169, no 1 , pp 155 - 166.
  • Turbill, C., Smith, S., Deimal, C. and Ruf, T. (2012), 'Daily torpor is associated with telomere length change over winter in Djungarian hamsters', Biology Letters, vol 8, no 2 , pp 304 - 307.
  • Turbill, C., Ruf, T., Mang, T. and Arnold, W. (2011), 'Regulation of heart rate and rumen temperature in red deer: effects of season and food intake', The Journal of Experimental Biology, vol 214, no 6 , pp 963 - 970.
  • Turbill, C., Bieber, C. and Ruf, T. (2011), 'Hibernation is associated with increased survival and the evolution of slow life histories among mammals', Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, vol 278, no 1723 , pp 3355 - 3363.
  • Smith, S., Turbill, C. and Penn, D. (2011), 'Chasing telomeres, not red herrings, in evolutionary ecology', Heredity, vol 107, no 4 , pp 372 - 373.
  • Turbill, C. and Ruf, T. (2010), 'Senescence is more important in the natural lives of long- than short-lived mammal species', PLoS One, vol 5, no 8 , pp 12019 - .
  • Smith, S., Turbill, C. and Suchentrunk, F. (2010), 'Introducing mother's curse : low male fertility associated with an imported mtDNA haplotype in a captive colony of brown hares', Molecular Ecology, vol 19, no 1 , pp 36 - 47.
  • Turbill, C. (2009), 'Temperature effects on metabolic rate and torpor in southern forest bats, Vespadelus regulus', Australian Journal of Zoology, vol 57 , pp 125 - 127.
  • Geiser, F. and Turbill, C. (2009), 'Hibernation and daily torpor minimize mammalian extinctions', Naturwissenschaften, vol 96 , pp 1235 - 1240.
  • Stawski, C., Turbill, C. and Geiser, F. (2009), 'Hibernation by a free-ranging subtropical bat (Nyctophilus bifax)', Journal of Comparative Physiology B, vol 179 , pp 433 - 441.
  • Turbill, C., Kortner, G. and Geiser, F. (2008), 'Timing of the daily temperature cycle affects the critical arousal temperature and energy expenditure of lesser long-eared bats', The Journal of Experimental Biology, vol 211 , pp 3871 - 3878.
  • Turbill, C. (2008), 'Winter activity of Australian tree-roosting bats : influence of temperature and climatic patterns', Journal of Zoology, vol 276 , pp 285 - 290.
  • Turbill, C. and Geiser, F. (2008), 'Hibernation by tree-roosting bats', Journal of Comparative Physiology B, vol 178 , pp 597 - 605.
  • Turbill, C. (2006), 'Thermoregulatory behaviour of tree-roosting chocolate wattled bats (Chalinolobus morio) during summer and winter', Journal of Mammalogy, vol 87 , pp 318 - 323.
  • Turbill, C. and Ellis, M. (2006), 'Distribution and abundance of the south-eastern form of the greater long-eared bat, Nyctophilus timoriensis', Australian Mammalogy, vol 28 , pp 1 - 6.
  • Turbill, C. (2006), 'Roosting and thermoregulatory behaviour of male Gould's long-eared bats, Nyctophilus gouldi: energetic benefits of thermally unstable tree roosts', Australian Journal of Zoology, vol 54, no 1 , pp 57 - 60.
  • Turbill, C. and Geiser, F. (2006), 'Thermal physiology of pregnant and lactating female and male long-eared bats, Nyctophilus geoffroyi and N. gouldi', Journal of Comparative Physiology B, vol 176 , pp 165 - 172.
  • Willis, C., Turbill, C. and Geiser, F. (2005), 'Torpor and thermal energetics in a tiny Australian Vespertilionid, the little forest bat (Vespadelus vulturnus)', Journal of Comparative Physiology B, vol 175 , pp 479 - 486.
  • Turbill, C., Kortner, G. and Geiser, F. (2003), 'Natural use of heterothermy by a small tree-roosting bat during summer', Physiological and Biochemical Zoology, vol 76 , pp 868 - 876.
  • Turbill, C., Law, B. and Geiser, F. (2003), 'Summer torpor in a free-ranging bat from sub-tropical Australia', Journal of Thermal Biology, vol 28 , pp 223 - 226.

See: http://www.uws.edu.au/hie/people/school_based_researchers/doctor_christopher_turbill

This information has been contributed by Doctor Turbill.

Current Projects

Title: Understanding and mapping how thermal and dietary constraints combine to restrict koala habitat
Funder:
  • NSW Office of Environment and Heritage
Western Researchers: Ben Moore, Christopher Turbill and Matthias Boer
Years: 2019-10-01 - 2023-02-16
ID: P00025707
Title: Movement ecology of flying-foxes
Funder:
  • Australian Research Council (ACRG)
Western Researchers: Justin Welbergen and Christopher Turbill
Years: 2017-02-01 - 2022-01-31
ID: P00023271
Title: Seasonal Migration of Australian Tree Roosting Microbats - Amy Rowles
Funder:
  • Ecological Society of Australia
Western Researchers: Christopher Turbill
Years: 2020-03-27 - 2022-06-30
ID: P00026505
Title: Vulnerability of Australian bats to white-nose syndrome
Funder:
  • University of Winnipeg
  • Australasian Bat Society
  • Australian Speleological Federation Incorporated
  • Taronga Conservation Society Australia
  • Department of Environment Land Water and Planning Victoria
  • Australian Research Council (ACRG)
  • Department of Planning, Industry and Environment NSW
  • University of New England
  • University of Western Sydney
  • Zoos Victoria
  • Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment (CAT2)
  • Wildlife Health Australia Incorporated
  • University of Melbourne
Western Researchers: Christopher Turbill
Years: 2021-06-01 - 2024-05-31
ID: P00026899

Previous Projects

Title: Seasonal importance of high elevation habitat for Australian bats - Amy Rowles
Funder:
  • Ecological Consultants Association of NSW
Western Researchers: Christopher Turbill
Years: 2019-06-01 - 2021-06-01
ID: P00025947
Title: Individuals Strategies to Cope with Environmental Change: A Test of the Pace-Of-Life Syndrome Hypothesis
Funder:
  • Ecological Society of Australia
Western Researchers: Christopher Turbill
Years: 2014-10-17 - 2016-03-31
ID: P00022270
Title: Oxidative stress as a physiological constraint on the pace of life histories
Funder:
  • University of Western Sydney
  • Australian Research Council (ACRG)
Western Researchers: Christopher Turbill
Years: 2012-03-30 - 2015-09-29
ID: P00020659
Title: Assessing fire impacts on golden tipped bats and other microbats
Funder:
  • Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment
Western Researchers: Christopher Turbill
Years: 2020-07-01 - 2021-06-30
ID: P00026633
Title: Testing the efficacy of roost microclimate manipulation for mitigating heat stress in flying-foxes
Funder:
  • Department of Planning, Industry and Environment NSW
Western Researchers: Justin Welbergen and Christopher Turbill
Years: 2020-06-01 - 2021-07-01
ID: P00026533
Title: Energetic consequences of antipredator behaviour in small mammal prey
Funder:
  • Hermon Slade Foundation
Western Researchers: Christopher Turbill
Years: 2012-07-01 - 2015-06-30
ID: P00021016

Supervision

Doctor Turbill is available to be a principal supervisor for doctoral projects

Previous Supervision

Thesis Title: Individual strategies to cope with environmental change: A test of the pace-of-life syndrome hypothesis
Field of Research: Other Natural And Physical Sciences
Thesis Title: The Biological Importance of Individual Variation in Metabolic Responses to Environmental Conditions
Field of Research: Other Agriculture, Environmental And Related Studies; Ecology And Evolution
Thesis Title: The acoustic ecology of the Ghost Bat (Macroderma gigas): form, function and applied uses of vocalisations
Field of Research: Ecology And Evolution

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