Science is a human endeavor, which should ideally incorporate a diversity of voices and benefit all. There remains much work to do to reach that ideal. The Turner lab is committed to fostering diversity, equity, and inclusivity in our pursuit of scientific discovery. We encourage an environment of collaboration, open communication, and trust. These principles allow us to innovate and lead to scientific success.

You are welcome here.

Kathryn Turner

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Dr. kathryn g. Turner

Principal Investigator

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Faculty page

I am a new faculty member in the Department of Biological Sciences at Idaho State University. I teach BIOL 1100 Intro to Biology for Non-majors ('Plants and People') in the Fall and BIOL 4417 Organic Evolution in the Spring. In the future I will teach/co-teach various graduate seminars and bioinformatics short courses. In 2020-2021 I am starting an Vertically Integrated Project research experience course related to the GEM3 research program (BIOL 2280/4480/5580). See homepage for more information.

For a taste of my sparkling personality, check out the feature on me at Sully Asks A Scientist.

Therese Balkenbush

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therese balkenbush

PhD student


Therese will be beginning her PhD during the fall of 2020. She received her Master's degree from Central Washington University, where she worked on resolving deep relationships in the genus Juniperus, producing a phylogeny using complete and nearly complete chloroplast genomes. She has joined the Turner Lab and GEM3 research program to investigate the adaptive capacity of big sagebrush (Artemisia tridentata) in the context of climate change, altered fire regimes, and human-altered landscapes.

Carson Kantack

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carson kantack

MS student


Details coming soon!

Header image: Lupinus texensis, Texas. Image by Kathryn Turner.