Eric B. (Rick) Taylor

Full Professor

Ecological and molecular approaches to understanding the origins and persistence of biodiversity, mostly at the population and species level in fishes. Application of this understanding of how biodiversity originates to its conservation.

My research focuses on understanding patterns of genetic variation within and between natural populations, the processes that promote and organize such variation, and their relevance to the origins and conservation of biodiversity. In particular, I am interested in population structure and the historical and contemporary processes that influence population structure, speciation and hybridization (both ecological and genetic mechanisms of divergence and persistence in the face of gene flow), and the implications of these processes to biodiversity conservation. We develop and apply techniques in molecular biology to address questions in the evolution and ecology of natural fish populations. Molecular genetic (utilizing mitochondrial and microsatellite DNA markers, mtDNA and intron sequencing and RFLP analyses), morphological, and ecological, studies are conducted in the general fields of population genetics, molecular ecology and systematics, and conservation genetics and biodiversity. I am also part of the Native Fishes Research Group which focuses on ecological and genetic studies of native fish diversity and their relevance to conservation. I am the Director of the Beaty Biodiversity Museum and also of the UBC Fish Collection. I teach undergraduate courses in Diversity and Evolution of Fishes (Biol. 465) and the Honours students' research colloquium (Biol 447).

Fellow, Royal Canadian Geographical Society

2017
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For Other

Canada Foundation for Innovation Leaders Opportunity Fund

2008
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For Research

UBC Killam Faculty Research Fellowship

2002
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For Research

Murray A. Newman Award for Aquatic Research (Vancouver Aquarium)

1988
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For Research
Aquatic Landscape Genomics and Environmental Effects on Genetic Variation.
Trends in Ecology and Evolution
Grummer, Jared A. , L. B. Beheregaray, L. Bernatchez, B. K. Hand, G. Luikart, S. R. Narum, and E. B. Taylor
2019
Going, going, gone: evidence for extinction of an endemic species pair of threespine sticklebacks (Gasterosteus aculeatus) with implications for protection under species at risk legislation
Conservation Genetics 19:297-308
Taylor, E.B., and R.S. Piercey
2018
Prior heat accumulation reduces survival during subsequent experimental heat waves
Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 501:109-117
Siegle, M.R, E.B. Taylor, and M.I. O’Connor
2018
The Arctic char (Salvelinus alpinus) species “complex” in North America revisited.
Hydrobiologica 783: 283-293
Taylor, E.B.
2016
Replicate divergence within and between sounds in a marine fish: the copper rockfish (Sebastes caurinus).
Molecular Ecology 23: 575-590
Dick, S., J.B. Shurin, and E.B. Taylor
2014
Subtle Population Genetic Structure in Yelloweye Rockfish (Sebastes ruberrimus) Is Consistent with a Major Oceanographic Division in British Columbia, Canada
PLOS ONE 8: e71083
Matthew R. Siegle, Eric B. Taylor, Kristi M. Miller, Ruth E. Withler, K. Lynne Yamanaka
2013
Coexistence and origin of trophic ecotypes of pygmy whitefish,Prosopium coulterii, in a south-western Alaskan lake
J Evol Biol 58: 2432-2448
Gowell, C.P., T.P. Quinn, and E.B. Taylor
2012
Thermal physiology of warm spring colonists: variation among Lake Chub (Cyprinidae: Couesius plumbeus) populations
Physiol. Biochem. Zool 85: 607-617
Darveau, C., E.B. Taylor, and P.M. Schulte
2012
Conservation prioritization in widespread species: the use of genetic and morphological data to assess population distinctiveness in rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss) from British Columbia, Canada
Evolutionary Applications 4: 100-115
Taylor, E.B., P. Tamkee, E. Keeley, and E. Parkinson
2011
Estimation of Genetic Diversity within and among Populations of Oncorhynchus mykiss in a Coastal River Experiencing Spatially Variable Hatchery Augmentation
Transactions of the American Fisheries Society 140(1):123-135
Heggenes, Jan & Beere, Mark & Tamkee, Patrick & Taylor, Eric
2011