Dr Edgar Turner - Science


Preparatory School and Deacon's 1988-1997

Whilst at Felsted, Edgar was a scholar, house prefect and participated in cross-country, athletics, diving and was a member of the choir.

Edgar read Natural Sciences at Cambridge University and is Curator of Insects in the University’s Museum of Zoology. He is also a Fellow of Clare College. He delivered the Cromwell lecture at Felsted in 2008 entitled 'Conserving biological diversity; understanding the little things that run the world.' His interests lie in understanding how landscapes can be managed to maintain biodiversity and healthy functioning ecosystems, while still allowing agricultural developments to take place. Much of this work has been based in Malaysia and Indonesia, where he studies the impacts of tropical rainforest fragmentation and conversion to oil palm plantation: among the biggest threats to global biodiversity today.