Contact Details

James Turner
Natural Sciences
National Museum Cardiff

Cathays Park
CF10 3NP

Phone: +44 (0)29 2057 3135

Staff Name

James Turner

Job Title

Digital Imaging and Access Officer

Areas of Responsibility:

Responsible for managing the Natural Sciences imaging laboratory. Scientific imaging using advanced digital imaging techniques including Photomicroscopy, Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) and 3D scanning and modelling. Design and development of web-based applications for Natural Sciences research and curation.

Qualifications, memberships and relevant positions

BSc.(Hons) Biological Imaging.

Research Interests

The application of new imaging techniques within natural science research and collections, and the implementation of large scale digitisation workflows. I also have interests in the taxonomy of deep sea bivalves of the Protobranchia group from the North East Atlantic and the biodiversity and systematics of the British slug fauna.


Scientific digital imaging, photomicroscopy, 3D scanning (structured light, laser, photogrammetry), bioinformatics, scanning electron microscopy, database development, website development, taxonomy, systematics.


Selected Publications

Jüttner I., Bennion H., Carter C., Cox E.J., Ector L., Flower R., Jones V., Kelly M.G., Mann D.G., Sayer C., Turner, J. A., Williams D.M. 2019. Freshwater Diatom Flora of Britain and Ireland. Amgueddfa Cymru - National Museum Wales. Available online at

Rowson B., Ablett J., Gallichan J., Holmes A. M., Oliver P. G., Salvador A., Turner J. A., Wood H., Brown C., Gordon D., Hunter T., Machin R., Morgenroth H., Reilly, M. Petts R. & Sutcliffe R. 2018. Mollusca Types in Great Britain. Amgueddfa Cymru-National Museum Wales / Natural History Museum. Available online at 

Rowson, B., Turner, J.A., Anderson, R., & Symondson, W.O.C. 2014. Slugs of Britain and Ireland: identification, understanding and control. Field Studies Council, Shropshire, UK, 140 pp.

Rowson, B., Anderson, R., Turner, J.A., & Symondson, W. O. C. 2014. The Slugs of Britain and Ireland: undetected and undescribed species increase a well-studied, economically important fauna by more than 20%. PLOS One,9 (3) e91907. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0091907

Wood, H. & Turner, J.A. 2012. Mollusca Types Catalogue. Amgueddfa Cymru - National Museum Wales.

Oliver, P.G., Holmes, A.M., Killeen, I.J. & Turner, J.A. 2010. Marine Bivalve Shells of the British Isles (Mollusca: Bivalvia). Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales. Available online at

Wilson, M. R. & Turner, J. A. 2010. Order Hemiptera: Key to families of Auchenorrhyncha from the Arabian Peninsula. pp. 113-125. In: Van Harten. A (Ed.) 2010 Arthropod Fauna of the United Arab Emirates Vol. 3. 700pp

Mackie, A.S.Y., Darbyshire,T., Bamber, R.N. & Turner, J.A. 2010. Notes on new benthic invertebrates from the southern Irish Sea. Porcupine Marine Natural History Society Newsletter, 27, 24-27.

Killeen, I. J  &  Turner J.A 2009. Yoldiella and Portlandia (bivalvia) from the Faroe-Shetland channel and rockall trough, northeast Atlantic. Journal of Conchology 02/2009; 39(6):733-778.

Wilson, M. R., Turner, J. A. & McKamey, S. H. 2009. Sharpshooter Leafhoppers (Hemiptera: Cicadellinae) An Illustrated Checklist Part 1: Old World Cicadellini. – Studies in Terrestrial and Freshwater Biodiversity and Sytematics from the National Museum Wales. BIOTIR Reports 4: 229pp.

Turner, J. A. 2008 Digital imaging of micro bivalves. 01/2008; 1., DOI:10.11646/zoosymposia.1.1.7

Mortimer, K., Turner, J. & Wilson, H. 2007. Outer Bristol Channel Marine Habitat Study (

including Explore the Sea Floor v3
).  Research and Education DVD-ROM. National Museum of Wales, Cardiff & British Geological Survey, Keyworth.

Wilson, M. R. & Turner, J. A. 2007. Progress in the study of sharpshooter leafhoppers (Hemiptera: Auchenorrhyncha: Cicadellidae) over 150 years: Monographs, museums and individuals. 01/2007; 150(2):289-303., DOI:10.1163/22119434-900000231

Blog Entries

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