Meet Kristian H. Taylor
Professor of Instruction I, Biology
Phone: (813) 257-3926
Address: 401 W. Kennedy Blvd. Tampa, FL 33606
2006 University of Miami, B.S.
2009 Nova Southeastern University Oceanographic Center, M.S.
2015 Nova Southeastern University Oceanographic Center, Ph.D.
Kristian Taylor's research focuses on marine invertebrates. He utilizes molecular and morphological tools to elucidate relationships among echinoderm taxa, in particular the poorly understood crinoids. Recently Taylor has also begun looking at various intra- and interspecific behaviors among decapods in a laboratory setting.
Taylor, a professor of instruction, has published several papers on crinoid phylogenetics in which he has revised multiple species, genera and families. In an effort to improve taxonomic methods his work has reconciled morphological characteristics with molecular markers to elucidate relationships among similar and distant taxa.
Recently Taylor has started examining intraspecific territoriality and aggression among stone crabs following claw removal. This work provides insight into impacts the stone crab fishery might have on population dynamics. Similarly, he has recently begun examining mangrove crab behavior in regards to the conditions that promote cannibalism, as well as feeding preferences for native vs. invasive plant species.
Tampa Bay Estuary Project Grant
Tampa Bay Water Grant
NSU President's Research and Development Grant
PADI Foundation Grant