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Lindsay Turnbull

Lindsey Turnbull is Associate Professor at the Department of Plant Sciences, Oxford University, and Tutorial Fellow at Queen’s College Oxford. She is a plant ecologist who has engaged with a broad range of topics. Recent projects have included: interactions between plants and insects; the effects of organic farming on biodiversity and plant growth modeling. She has a particular focus on how and why plant species are so different from each other which raises questions such as why did these differences evolve and what are the consequences for ecosystems?

Series featuring Lindsay Turnbull

  • Back Garden Biology
# Episode Title Description People Date
1 Creative Commons Three little birds Blue and great tits commonly use nest-boxes in gardens. In this episode we explore their nesting behaviour and get a priviledged view inside the nest-boxes at Wytham Woods. Lindsay Turnbull 29 May 2020
2 Creative Commons Why is the world green? Lindsay searches for the truth about our verdant green world and tackles a mystery about her rose-bushes: who ate all the greenfly? Lindsay Turnbull 24 May 2020
3 Creative Commons Seeds of Change In this episode we take a look at the strange life-cycle of ferns and find out why they are so dependent on water. Lindsay Turnbull 10 May 2020
4 Creative Commons Hot as mustard. In this episode we look closely at Garlic mustard or Jack-by-the-hedge, a very common plant throughout the UK. Lindsay Turnbull 04 May 2020
5 Creative Commons One is the magic number Back Garden Biology takes a closer look at the insects in the garden including the solitary bee. Lindsay Turnbull 27 Apr 2020
6 Creative Commons Stinker! In this episode we look at the cuckoo pint, which has an unusual flower with the central part, called a spadix, releasing a stench that to our nostrils is quite revolting. Lindsay Turnbull 20 Apr 2020
7 Creative Commons Queen Bee Learn how to identify common garden bees and find out why they never seem to stay still. Lindsay Turnbull 20 Apr 2020
8 Creative Commons The Lillies of the Fields The beautiful snake's-head fritillary is the flower of Oxfordshire. In this episode we look closely at the flowers it produces. Lindsay Turnbull 13 Apr 2020
9 Creative Commons Deceived with ornament Plants attract pollinators through their colourful flowers but some plants aren't quite what they seem. Lindsay Turnbull 06 Apr 2020
10 Creative Commons Sex and the single primrose In early spring, primroses and cowslips can be found in many gardens and parks. Their yellow flowers are certainly beautiful, but they also hold a secret: they come in two different types that can only mate with each other. Lindsay Turnbull 26 Mar 2020