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Taylor, Scott Assistant Professor

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  • Research in the Taylor Lab applies genomics and field experiments to natural hybrid zones and closely related taxa in order to investigate the architecture of reproductive isolation—the hallmark of speciation—and the genetic bases of traits relevant to speciation. This research also provides insight into the impacts of anthropogenic change, including climate change, on species distributions, interactions, and evolution.

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  • hybridization, speciation, population genetics, genomics, natural history

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Teaching

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  • EBIO 1210 - General Biology 1
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018
    Lect. Provides a concentrated introduction to molecular, cellular, genetic, and evolutionary biology. Emphasizes fundamental principles, concepts, facts, and questions. Intended for science majors.
  • EBIO 4100 - Advanced Ecology
    Primary Instructor - Summer 2019
    Emphasizes specific aspects of ecology based on specialties of faculty. One or more courses are offered most semesters. Topics have included dynamics of mountain ecosystems, tundra ecology, ethnoecology, population dynamics, tropical and insular biology, ecology of fishes, quantitative plant ecology, and arctic and alpine environments. May use animals and/or animal tissues. Recommended prerequisites: EBIO 1210 and EBIO 1220 and EBIO 1230 and EBIO 1240 and EBIO 2040 or EBIO 2640 (minimum grade C-). May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours provided the topics vary. Same as EBIO 5100.
  • EBIO 4270 - Population Genetics
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2019 / Fall 2020
    Provides an in-depth applied introduction to population genetics. Lectures, discussions and labs will focus on exploring how evolutionary processes shape genetic variation through time and space and how population-level evolutionary processes can be inferred from patterns of genetic variation. While learning basic population genetic theory we will investigate current topics in the field and work with simulated and real data. Same as EBIO 5270.
  • EBIO 4460 - Special Topics
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018
    Familiarizes students with specialized areas of biology. May be repeated up to 15 total credit hours. Recommended prerequisites: EBIO 1210 and EBIO 1220 and EBIO 1230 and EBIO 1240 (minimum grade C-). Same as EBIO 5460.
  • EBIO 4750 - Ornithology
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Spring 2020 / Spring 2021
    Lect., lab, and field trips. Presents origin, evolution, ecology, physical and behavioral characteristics and taxonomy of orders and families of birds of North America; field work with local species emphasizing avian ecology. Uses animals and/or animal tissues. Recommended prerequisites: EBIO 1210 and EBIO 1220 and EBIO 1230 and EBIO 1240 (minimum grade C-). Same as EBIO 5750.
  • EBIO 4870 - Independent Research: Upper Division
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018 / Spring 2019 / Fall 2019 / Spring 2020
    May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours.
  • EBIO 4990 - EBIO Honors Thesis Research
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2020 / Spring 2021
    To be taken during the final academic year prior to graduation. Consists of the final phase of honors research and thesis preparation under the guidance of a faculty mentor. Recommended prerequisites: minimum 3.3 GPA and a declared EBIO major and approval by departmental Honors program.
  • EBIO 5190 - Diversity and Inclusion
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2020
    Topics have included: implicit bias, privilege, inclusive pedagogy, inclusive hiring practices, inclusive mentoring, barriers facing undergraduate students, barriers facing graduate students, fairness of the GRE.
  • EBIO 5270 - Population Genetics
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2019 / Fall 2020
    Provides an in-depth applied introduction to population genetics. Lectures, discussions, and labs will focus on exploring how evolutionary processes shape genetic variation through time and space and how population-level evolutionary processes can be inferred from patterns of genetic variation. While learning basic population genetic theory we will investigate current topics in the field and work with simulated and real data. Same as EBIO 4270.
  • EBIO 5750 - Ornithology
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2020
    Lect., lab, and field trips. Presents origin, evolution, ecology, physical and behavioral characteristics and taxonomy of orders and families of birds of North America; field work with local species emphasizing avian ecology. Uses animals and/or animal tissues. Same as EBIO 4750.
  • EBIO 6100 - Seminar in Environmental Biology
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Fall 2018 / Fall 2019
    Instructor consent required. May be repeated up to 7 total credit hours. Same as EBIO 6120.
  • EBIO 6950 - Master's Thesis
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2020 / Fall 2020
    May be repeated up to 7 total credit hours. Instructor consent required.
  • EBIO 8840 - Independent Research (Doctoral Level)
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2020
    May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours.

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