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Below, you'll find a list of my published research. Click on the links to find the papers online. If you would like to read any of these papers and don't have access to the journal, please email me for a pdf. To see my popular science articles, visit the Science Communication page. 

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2023 Taylor HR, Costanzi J-M, Dicks KL, Senn HV, Robinson S, Dowse G, and Ball AD The genetic legacy of the first successful reintroduction of a mammal to Britain: Founder events and attempted genetic rescue in Scotland's beaver population Evolutionary Applications


2023 Schiebelhut LM, Guillame AS, Kuhn A [and 17 others, including Taylor HRGenomics and conservation: Guidance from training to analyses and applications Molecular Ecology Resources


2022 Taylor HR (Guest chapter author) Conservation Genetics in Practice in Conservation and the Genomics of Populations (Third Edition) Edited by Allendorf FW, Funk C,  Aitken SN, Byrne M, and Luikart G Oxford University Press, Oxford, England, p558-573

2021 Taylor HR, Rotheray EL, Elliott A, MacGowan I, Sears J, and Tompkins G Hovering on the edge of extinction: efforts to save the Pine Hoverfly British Wildlife 32.8 547-554

2021 Lamar SK, Nelson NJ, Moore JA, Taylor HR, Keall SN, and Ormsby DK Initial collection, characterization, and storage of tuatara (Sphenodon punctatus) sperm offers insight into their unique reproductive system PLOS ONE 16(7): e0253628 

2021 Taylor HR, Robertson H, Carter AL, and Ramstad KM The conservation management implications of isolation by distance and high genetic diversity in Great Spotted Kiwi (Apteryx haastii)  EMU Austral Ornithology  121: 10-22

2021 Taylor HR and Kearns AM Showcasing the application of genetics for the conservation management of austral birds EMU Austral Ornithology 121: 1-9 

2021 Lamb SD, Taylor HR, Powlesland R Nocturnal activity of the western weka (Gallirallus australis australis) in an open environment Notornis 68: 1-12

2020 Gemmell NJ, Rutherford K, Prost S [and 60 others, including Taylor HRThe tuatara genome reveals ancient features of amniote evolution Nature 584: 403-409

2020 Lara CE, Taylor HR, Holtmann B, Johnson SL, Santos ESA, Gemmel NJ, and Nakagawa S Dunnock social status correlates with sperm speed, but fast sperm does not always equal high fitness Journal of Evolutionary Biology 33: 1139-1148

2020 Jeunen G-J, Lamare MD, Knapp M, Spencer HG, Taylor HR, Stat M, Bunce M, and Gemmell NJ Water stratification in the marine biome restricts vertical environmental DNA (eDNA) signal dispersal Environmental DNA 2: 99-111

2019  Adams, CIM, Knappp M, Gemmell NJ, Jeunen GJ, Bunce M, Lamare MD, and Taylor HR Beyond Biodiversity: Can Environmental DNA (eDNA) Cut It as a Population Genetics Tool?  Genes 10: 192

2019 Taylor HR, Nelson NJ and Ramstad KM The first recorded interaction between two species separated for centuries suggests they were ecological competitors New Zealand Journal of Ecology 43: 3361

2019 Jeunen GJ, Knapp M, Spencer H, Lamare M, Taylor HR, Stat M, Bunce M and Gemmell NJ Environmental DNA (eDNA) metabarcoding reveals strong discrimination among diverse marine habitats connected by water movement Molecular Ecology Resources 19: 426-438

2019 Jeunen GJ, Knapp M, Spencer H, Taylor HR, Lamare M, Stat M, Bunce M and Gemmell NJ Species-level biodiversity assessment using marine environmental DNA (eDNA) metabarcoding requires protocol optimization and standardization Ecology and Evolution 9: 1323-1335 

2018 Dussex N, Taylor HR, Stovall WR, Rutherford K, Dodds KG, Clarke SM and Gemmell NJ Reduced representation sequencing detects only subtle regional structure in a heavily bottlenecked, rapidly recolonized marine mammal species Ecology and Evolution 8: 8736–8749

2018 Hogg CJ, Taylor HR, Fox S and Grueber CE Response to Britt et al. 2018 "The importance of non-academic authors in bridging the conservation genetics gap" Biological Conservation 218 118-123

2018 Stovall WR, Taylor HR, Black M, Grosser S, Rutherford K and Gemmell NJ Genetic sex assignment in wild populations using GBS data: a statistical threshold approach Molecular Ecology Resources 18 179-190 (From the cover paper, featured on the front cover with associated News and Views article)

2018 Dussex N, 
Taylor HR, Irestedt M and Robertson BC When genetic and phenotypic data do not agree: the conservation implications of ignoring inconvenient taxonomic evidence New Zealand Journal of Ecology 42 1-7

2017 Lamb SD, 
Taylor HR, Holtmann B, Santos ESA, Tamayo JH, Johnson SL and Nakagawa S Coprophagy in dunnocks (Prunella modularis): A frequent behavior in females, infrequent in males, and very unusual in nestlings Wilson Journal of Ornithology 129: 615-620

Taylor HR, Dussex N and van Heezik Y De-extinction needs consultation Nature Ecology and Evolution 1: 0198

Taylor HR*, Dussex N* and van Heezik Y Bridging the conservation genetics gap by identifying barriers to implementation for conservation practitioners Global Ecology and Conservation 10:231-242 (*joint first authors)


2017 Taylor HR, Colbourne RM, Robertson HA, Nelson NN, Allendorf FW and Ramstad KM Cryptic inbreeding depression in a recovering long-lived species, the little spotted kiwi (Apteryx owenii) Molecular Ecology 26: 799-813
(Featured on the front cover)

2016 Kardos M, Taylor HR, Ellegren H, Luikart G and Allendorf FW Genomics advances the study of inbreeding depression in the wild Evolutionary Applications 9: 1205-1218

Taylor HR* & Soanes K* Breaking out of the echo chamber: missed opportunities for genetics at conservation conferences​ Biodiversity and Conservation 25:1987-1993 (*joint first authors)

Taylor HR & Gemmell NJ Emerging Technologies to Conserve Biodiversity: Further Opportunities via Genomics Trends in Ecology and Evolution. 31 171-172

Taylor HR The use and abuse of genetic marker based estimates of relatedness and inbreeding Ecology and Evolution 5 3140-3150

2015 Weeks AR, Moro D, Thavornkanlapachai R, 
Taylor HR, White NE, Weiser EL and Heinze D Conserving and enhancing genetic diversity in translocation programmes, in Advances in Reintroduction Biology of Australian and New Zealand Fauna Editors: Armstrong DP, Hayward MW, Moro D, Seddon PJ CSIRO Publishing: Collingwood, VIC, Australia. p. 127-139

Taylor HR, Kardos MK, Ramstad KM and Allendorf FW Valid estimates of individual inbreeding coefficients from marker-based pedigrees are not feasible in wild populations with low allelic diversity Conservation Genetics 16 901-913

Taylor HR, Nelson NJ and Ramstad KM Chick Timer™ software proves an accurate, disturbance-minimizing tool for monitoring hatching success in little spotted kiwi (Apteryx owenii) New Zealand Journal of Zoology 41 139-146

Taylor HR and Harris WE An emergent science on the brink of irrelevance: a review of the past 8 years of DNA barcoding Molecular Ecology Resources 12 377-388

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