Helen Taylor received her PhD from Victoria University of Wellington (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.
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