Dr. Helen Taylor

Dr. Helen Taylor

Helen Taylor received her PhD from Victoria University of Wellingto2cfdb75c9e1f873a344ffb4aaf3ed8ed w480 h585 cpn (New Zealand), and has research interests that span conservation genetics, ecology, behaviour and reproductive biology. Helen’s work in the Gemmell lab focuses on the impact of low genetic diversity and inbreeding on sperm health in native and introduced birds in New Zealand. Her research combines the data collection in the field with genetics and microscopy in the lab.Her previous work included investigating inbreeding depression in little spotted kiwi and Helen continues to collaborate on conservation genetics projects for kiwi management in New Zealand.

Earlier this year Helen was offered an amazing job opportunity as Conservation Programme Manager at the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland, a position that is based at the Edinburgh Zoo. We said farewell to Helen in the end of March 2019, and were sad to see her go, but also knowing this is a fantastic career move that will suit Helen like a glove, and also brings her closer to home and her family.

Helen is still keeping her role as a mentor to some students and a collaborator of the Gemmell lab, as several of her projects are still ongoing.

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Hogg, C. J., Taylor, H. R., Fox, S., Grueber, C. E. (2018). Response to Britt et al. 2018 “The importance of non-academic co-authors in bridging the conservation genetics gap”. Biological Conservation, V. 222, 287-288. doi.org/10.1016/j.biocon.2018.04.035

Stovall, W. R., Taylor, H. R., Black, M., Grosser, S., Rutherford, K., & Gemmell, N. J. (2018). Genetic sex assignment in wild populations using GBS data: A statistical threshold approach. Molecular Ecology Resources. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1111/1755-0998.12767

Dussex, N., Taylor, H. R., Stovall, W. R., Rutherford, K., Dodds, K. G., Clarke, S. M., & Gemmell, N. J. (2018). Reduced representation sequencing detects only subtle regional structure in a heavily exploited and rapidly recolonizing marine mammal species. Ecology & Evolution. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1002/ece3.4411


Dussex, N., Taylor, H. R., Irestedt, M., & Robertson, B. C. (2018). When genetic and phenotypic data do not agree: The conservation implications of ignoring inconvenient taxonomic evidence [Forum]. New Zealand Journal of Ecology. Advance online publication. doi: 10.20417/nzjecol.42.13


Lamb, S. D., Taylor, H. R., Holtmann, B., Santos, E. S. A., Tamayo, J. H., Johnson, S. L., Nakagawa, S., & Lara, C. E. (2017). Coprophagy in Dunnocks (Prunella modularis): A frequent behavior in females, infrequent in males, and very unusual in nestlings. Wilson Journal of Ornithology, 129(3), 615-620. doi: 10.1676/16-059.1


Taylor, H. R., Dussex, N., & van Heezik, Y. (2017). Bridging the conservation genetics gap by identifying barriers to implementation for conservation practitioners. Global Ecology & Conservation, 10, 231-242. doi: 10.1016/j.gecco.2017.04.001


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