Dr. Phil Taylor, Acadia University

Research Interests

My interests lie in questions of how landscapes influence the movement, distribution, and population dynamics of animals. These questions are central to the discipline of Conservation Biology. I examine these broad questions from a variety of spatial scales and use a range of taxa from birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians and insects. I typically use such tools as geographic information systems, remote sensing, individual-based simulation modelling and statistical modelling. I have links with other agencies--such as the Canadian Wildlife Service (Atlantic Region) and the Department of Natural Resources (Nova Scotia)--to conduct targeted research into problems in Conservation Biology that are of a highly practical and immediate nature. Additional research interests include the natural history and evolution of mating behaviours in the family Tabanidae (horse and deer flies).