Jefferson Turner

Jefferson Turner

Chancellor Professor


Chancellor Professor

SMAST / Fisheries Oceanography




Violette Research 202




School for Marine Science & Technology West, New Bedford 212A


1969Guilford CollegeB.S. in Biology
1974University of South FloridaM.A. in Biology
1977Texas A & M UniversityPh.D in Biology


  • Ocean Environment
  • Descriptive Oceanography
  • Biogeography
  • Biological Oceanography





The study of the ocean environment as an integrated ecosystem: The biology of marine organisms and the related physical, chemical, and geological processes of the sea with attention given to the exploitation of marine resources and pollution. Not offered for credit to biology majors.

An introduction to the field of oceanography. Physical, chemical, geological, and biological aspects are emphasized to provide a basic foundation for further work in biological oceanography.

Terms and hours to be arranged. Graded A-F.

Thesis research on an experimental or theoretical project in Marine Science or Technology under a faculty advisor.

Thesis research on an experimental or theoretical project in Marine Science or Technology under a faculty advisor.


Research Activities

  • Biological and Physical Controls of Toxic Alexandrium Blooms in Shallow Estuarine Systems
  • Harbor Outfall Monitoring 9 (HOM 9) zooplankton monitoring in Boston Harbor, Massachusetts Bay and Cape Cod Bay
  • Long-term plankton and water-quality ecological survey of Buzzards Bay


Research Awards

  • $80942.00 Harbor and Outfall Monitoring Services (2020-2023)


Research Interests

  • Marine plankton
  • Zooplankton feeding
  • Plankton communities of Boston Harbor and adjacent waters
  • Food web accumulation and transport of red tide toxins
  • Interactions between copepod feeding and reproductive success

Select publications

  • Turner, Jefferson T (2015).
    Zooplankton fecal pellets, marine snow, phytodetritus and the ocean’s biological pump
    Progress in Oceanography, 130, 205-248.
  • Turner, J. T. (2014).
    Planktonic marine copepods and harmful algae
    Harmful Algae, 32, 81-93.
  • Anderson, D. M., D. J. McGillicuddy, S. L. DeGrasse, K. G. Sellner, V. M. Bricelj, J. T. Turner, D. W. Townsend, & J. L. Kleindinst (Guest Editors) (2014).
    Harmful Algae in the Gulf of Maine: Oceanography, Population Dynamics, and Toxin Transfer in the Food Web
    Deep-Sea Research II, 103, 1-375.

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