Greg Turner is a Wildlife Biologist with the Wildlife Diversity Division of the Pennsylvania Game Commission and leads the Endangered and Nongame Mammals conservation program. His career with the Game Commission started in 2004 as the Endangered Mammal Specialist. His primary focus has always been to survey, monitor, and manage the state's protected mammals. Duties and tasks are as diverse as they are widespread. Recent duties have tracked him all over (and under) the state as he climbs deep underground counting and identifying hibernating bats, rappels off cliffs to band peregrine falcons, researches and manages bat colonies suffering from White-Nose Syndrome, and tackles unique tasks like conducting migratory telemetry on our federally endangered Indiana bats. He has also conducted statewide surveys of rare small mammals such as water shrews, woodrats, and spotted skunks, and has worked for years to identify and monitor the last remaining populations of Pennsylvania's threatened northern flying squirrel.
Greg is a native of Dallas, Pennsylvania where from a young age he nurtured his dream of working with and protecting species of concern. "My curiosity for the animals and the environment around me started when I was very young. Although that passion has taken me down many unique roads, I could never be where I am today without the constant support of my wife and family." It was at Wilkes University that Greg received his bachelor's in biology and worked on his first research projects. Those projects confirmed and focused his plans, and he then moved on to receive a master's degree in 2001 from Frostburg State University, Maryland where he examined how populations of Utah and Gunnison's prairie dogs responded to outbreaks of plague.
An avid outdoorsman, he can be found exploring the streams and woods of the state year-round. Some of his favorite activities include fly-fishing, archery hunting, mountain biking, and cross-country skiing. Greg is an active participant in multiple professional societies such as the Pennsylvania Biological Survey - Mammal Technical Committee, The Northeast Bat Working Group, The American Society of Mammalogists, and the Pennsylvania chapter of The Wildlife Society, and has presented countless educational lectures to the public as well as professional lectures on the findings of his research. He puts a lot of value on education. "It is important for people to understand how these rare species are indicating the declining quality of the environment around us, and how protecting the quality of the habitat will improve the quality of living for ourselves. Together, we can speak for those that cannot speak for themselves, and protect these magnificent fauna and places for future generations to come."