Scott A. Taylor

Scott Taylor is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Colorado Boulder where he leads the Taylor Lab on hybridization, speciation, and natural history ( He joined the faculty after completing a Ph.D. in ecological genetics from Queen’s University and pursuing postdoctoral training at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Research in his group is focused on using natural hybrid zones and recent radiations to understand the genetic bases of traits involved in reproductive isolation, population divergence, and speciation, and the impacts of anthropogenic change, including climate change, on species distributions, interactions, and evolution. His lab primarily studies birds.

Dr. Taylor ‘s research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, National Geographic, the American Ornithological Society, the American Genetics Association, and the Society for the Study of Evolution, and has been conducted in coastal South America and across much of North America. His work, now totaling almost 40 peer-review papers, has been highlighted in the New York Times and he was recently awarded the prestigious Ned K. Johnson Young Investigator Award from the American Ornithological Society.