I’m interested in the biology, ecology and conservation of invertebrates and vertebrates, especially in sensitive habitats. I’ve worked most extensively with life histories, taxonomy, ecology and conservation of insects and other invertebrates. Much of my recent research has involved studies on caves and groundwater at their intersection with human activities.

College students, including Colorado College students, interested in developing a research project — either for a block or as a summer research project — are welcome to meet with me and discuss possibilities. I’m happy to help you build a research project out of ideas you may have, or you can plug into one of several projects that are designed to engage college students. Among these projects are Groundwater Amphipods, Cave Biology, Scorpion Biology, and (if I can get some funding) bats.

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Zoology Department, Denver Museum of Nature & Science

former lab page at University of Illinois

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Elliott, W.R., J.R. Reddell, D.C. Rudolph, G.O. Graening, T.S. Briggs, D. Ubick, R.L. Aalbu, J.K. Krejca and S.J. Taylor. 2017. The Cave Fauna of California. Proceedings of the California Academy of Sciences, Series 4. Volume 64(Supplement 1): 1-311. pdf (25 mb)

Niemiller M.L., M.L. Porter, J. Keany, H. Gilbert, D.W. Fong, D.C. Culver, C. Hobson, K.D. Kendall, M.A. Davis, and S.J. Taylor. 2017. Evaluation of eDNA for groundwater invertebrate detection and monitoring: a case study with endangered Stygobromus (Amphipoda: Crangonyctidae). Conservation Genetics Resources 11 p. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/s12686-017-0785-2 pdf

Katz, A.D., S.J. Taylor, F.N. Soto-Adames, A. Addison, G.B. Hoese, M.R. Sutton and T. Toulkeridis. 2016. New records and new species of springtails (Collembola: Entomobryidae, Paronellidae) from lava tubes of the Galápagos Islands (Ecuador). Subterranean Biology 17: 77–120. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3897/subtbiol.17.7660

Taylor, S.J. and M.L. Niemiller. 2016. Biogeography and conservation assessment of Bactrurus groundwater amphipods (Crangonyctidae) in the central and eastern United States. Subterranean Biology 17: 1–29. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3897/subtbiol.17.7298

Taylor, S.J., J.K. Krejca, M.L. Niemiller, M.J. Dreslik, and C.A. Phillips. 2015. Life history and demographic differences between cave and surface populations of the Western Slimy Salamander Plethodon albagula (Caudata: Plethodontidae), in central Texas. Herpetological Conservation and Biology 10(2): 740–752. pdf (1 MB)