Dr. Taylor is a Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences, and the former Dean of the Faculty of Science at the University of Alberta. An environmental toxicologist by training, his research focuses on understanding the mechanisms plants use to tolerate abiotic stresses in the soil environment, such as metal toxicity and nutrient deficiency.
Dr. Taylor has published more than 100 papers in peer reviewed journals, and his work has been recognized with a number of awards, including and Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, University Research Fellowship, the C.D. Nelson Award from the Canadian Botanical Association, and the Distinguished Scientist Award from the Canadian Council of University Biology Chairs.
Dr. Taylor has served on the editorial boards of BMC Plant Biology, Plant and Soil and the Canadian Journal of Botany, and on a number of management and advisory boards, including the Alberta Biodiversity Monitoring Institute (ABMI), the Telus World of Science, and Tecterra Inc. He also served on the Alberta Environmental Monitoring Panel (AEMP) the Alberta Environmental Monitoring Working Group (AEMWG), and the Alberta Environmental Monitoring Management Board.