Eric B. (Rick) Taylor


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.

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    B.Sc. (Hon. 1981), MSc (1984), PhD (1989, University of B.C., Vancouver)
    NSERC Post-Doctoral Fellow (1989-91): Dept. of Biology and Marine Gene Probe Lab, Dalhousie University
    Canadian Government Visiting Research Scientist (1991-93), Pacific Biological Station, Killam Faculty Research Fellow (2002-2003), Fellow, Royal Canadian Geographical Society, Chair, Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (2015-2018).

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

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Canada Foundation for Innovation Leaders Opportunity Fund

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UBC Killam Faculty Research Fellowship

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

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