Eric B. (Rick) Taylor


Ecological and molecular approaches to understanding the origins and persistence of biodiversity, mostly at the population and species level in fishes. Application of this understanding of how biodiversity originates to its conservation.

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    B.Sc. (Hon. 1981), MSc (1984), PhD (1989, University of B.C., Vancouver)
    NSERC Post-Doctoral Fellow (1989-91): Dept. of Biology and Marine Gene Probe Lab, Dalhousie University
    Canadian Government Visiting Research Scientist (1991-93), Pacific Biological Station, Killam Faculty Research Fellow (2002-2003), Fellow, Royal Canadian Geographical Society, Chair, Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (2015-2018)

My research focuses on understanding patterns of genetic variation within and between natural populations, the processes that promote and organize such variation, and their relevance to the origins and conservation of biodiversity. In particular, I am interested in population structure and the historical and contemporary processes that influence population structure, speciation and hybridization (both ecological and genetic mechanisms of divergence and persistence in the face of gene flow), and the implications of these processes to biodiversity conservation. We develop and apply techniques in molecular biology to address questions in the evolution and ecology of natural fish populations. Molecular genetic (utilizing mitochondrial and microsatellite DNA markers, mtDNA and intron sequencing and RFLP analyses), morphological, and ecological, studies are conducted in the general fields of population genetics, molecular ecology and systematics, and conservation genetics and biodiversity. I am also part of the Native Fishes Research Group which focuses on ecological and genetic studies of native fish diversity and their relevance to conservation. I am the Director of the Beaty Biodiversity Museum and also of the UBC Fish Collection. I teach undergraduate courses in Diversity and Evolution of Fishes (Biol. 465) and the Honours students' research colloquium (Biol 447).

Fellow, Royal Canadian Geographical Society

For Other

Canada Foundation for Innovation Leaders Opportunity Fund

For Research

UBC Killam Faculty Research Fellowship

For Research

Murray A. Newman Award for Aquatic Research (Vancouver Aquarium)

For Research
Aquatic Landscape Genomics and Environmental Effects on Genetic Variation.
Trends in Ecology and Evolution
Grummer, Jared A. , L. B. Beheregaray, L. Bernatchez, B. K. Hand, G. Luikart, S. R. Narum, and E. B. Taylor
Conservation genomics in a changing Arctic
Trends in Ecology and Evolution 1-14
Colella, J.P., S.L. Talbot, C. Broshman, E.B. Taylor, E.P. Hoberg, and J.A. Cook
Genetic mixture analysis in support of restoration of a high value recreational fishery for rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss) from a large lake in interior British Columbia
Conservation Genetics 20:891–902
Taylor, E.B. C. Foley, and M. Neufeld
Selection and introgression on introduced alleles in a native species
Molecular Ecology 28: 2802-2813
Bay, R.A., E.B. Taylor, and D. Schluter
Going, going, gone: evidence for extinction of an endemic species pair of threespine sticklebacks (Gasterosteus aculeatus) with implications for protection under species at risk legislation
Conservation Genetics 19:297-308
Taylor, E.B., and R.S. Piercey
Prior heat accumulation reduces survival during subsequent experimental heat waves
Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 501:109-117
Siegle, M.R, E.B. Taylor, and M.I. O’Connor
The Arctic char (Salvelinus alpinus) "complex" in North America revisited.
Hydrobiologica 783: 283-293
Taylor, E.B.
Replicate divergence within and between sounds in a marine fish: the copper rockfish (Sebastes caurinus).
Molecular Ecology 23: 575-590
Dick, S., J.B. Shurin, and E.B. Taylor
Subtle Population Genetic Structure in Yelloweye Rockfish (Sebastes ruberrimus) Is Consistent with a Major Oceanographic Division in British Columbia, Canada
PLOS ONE 8: e71083
Matthew R. Siegle, Eric B. Taylor, Kristi M. Miller, Ruth E. Withler, K. Lynne Yamanaka
Coexistence and origin of trophic ecotypes of pygmy whitefish,Prosopium coulterii, in a south-western Alaskan lake
J Evol Biol 58: 2432-2448
Gowell, C.P., T.P. Quinn, and E.B. Taylor