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About me

I am a Marsden-funded research fellow in the Gemmell Lab at the University of Otago in New Zealand interested in the genetics of small populations of threatened species.  My current work focuses on inbreeding and sperm quality in South Island robins and hihi (stitchbirds), and I am also interested in building better connections between genetics research and conservation management. I mainly work with birds, but have also been involved in projects on New Zealand fur seals, and marine ecosystems.


I love getting out in the field and working with wildlife, conducting research that is useful for conservation management and moves the field forwards. I am also a passionate and effective science communicator and take every opportunity I can to spread the word on conservation issues and science. I enjoy teaching and supervising students. On this site, you can learn more about my research, my science communication activities, and the amazing organisations and people who make my work possible.

Academic employment and education

Jan 2016 - Present: University of Otago, NZ - Research fellow, Marsden Fast Start
Sept 2014 - Dec 2016: University of Otago, NZ - Postdoctoral researcher
Apr 2014 - Aug 2014: Victoria University of Wellington, NZ  Research assistant                   
Aug 2014: Victoria University of Wellington, NZ - PhD Ecology and Biodiversity
Jan 2011: Manchester Metropolitan University, UK - MSc Conservation (Distinction)
Jun 2003: Clare College, Cambridge University, UK - BA (Hons) Natural Sciences 

My current research in 180 seconds

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Blog: Wild Science


The opinions expressed on this site and on my social media feeds are mine and do not necessarily state or reflect the views of the University of Otago. 

All images and videos on this site are the property of Helen Taylor (unless otherwise stated).  If you wish to use any of the images or video on this site for any purpose, please contact me at helen.taylor@otago.ac.nz