Environmental Science Advisory Committee
Filling out the scientific team is Andy Turner who was introduced to aviation with his first flight at two weeks of age in the rear seat of his parent’s Tripacer. He earned degrees in Biology and Zoology at Wittenberg University, Ohio State University, and Michigan State University before moving to Florida to conduct research in the Everglades. In 1997 he moved to Clarion, PA and began his present job as a professor at Clarion University.
His research is broadly focused on the community and ecosystem ecology of lakes and streams. He teaches courses in Ecology, Fisheries Biology, Limnology, Biostatistics, and Environmental Issues.
A 25-year pilot, he has logged over 2,000 hours. Much of his flying involves finding out-of-the-way airstrips to camp and access remote areas. Turner family vacations involve exploring new landscapes in their Cessna 172. Summer flights may take the family to the backcountry of Montana and Idaho; winter vacations take them to the coastal Carolinas, Georgia and Florida.
Turner is currently building an RV-10 to haul his family across the country. His wife Sharon is an astronomer on the faculty at Clarion, and together they are the proud parents of two-year-old twins Joshua and Caleb. Turner is excited to have the opportunity to combine his two greatest passions, the outdoors and flying, by working with the RAF.