Dr Iain Taylor has researched vertebrate ecology and conservation for 40 years. He specialises in species at the tops of food chains as they give the first indications of system dysfunction. Understanding their ecology requires holistic research into the systems that support them and enhances whole system understanding. His research has focussed on biodiversity in wetlands and farmland, and on predators such as Tiger, Snow Leopard and otters in protected areas overseas. Wetland research has been on inland wetlands and predators within the system such as egrets, ibises and shorebirds. His farmland research involves the biodiversity of irrigated rice systems in Australia and overseas. He is also working in farmed environments in Croatia investigating the effects of agricultural land abandonment and intensification of cultivation on remaining farmed land on bird abundance and diversity. Other interests include the effects of human disturbance on waterbirds and of rising sea level on shorebirds, and foraging skill development in birds.
Bachelor of Science (First Class Hons), University of Aberdeen, Scotland, 1971
PhD, University of Aberdeen, Scotland, 1975
Membership of Advisory Boards
Dr Taylor is a board member of the Fivebough and Tuckerbil Swamps Management Trust