Biography

My main research interests concern the evolution, ecology and conservation of marine and freshwater fishes. My research has a particular emphasis on using molecular methods to elucidate ecological and evolutionary processes including classical tools such as microsatellite markers and Sanger sequencing, coupled with next-generation sequencing. My evolutionary interests include polyploidy, speciation and mimicry particularly in Neotropical Corydoras catfishes. My more applied interests include fisheries induced evolution using the guppy as a model system, population structure and traceability of marine and freshwater fishes using SNP markers, predator/prey relationships using DNA based methods and conservation genetics of UK freshwater fishes.

Lab website: http://www.uea.ac.uk/~b141/index.html

Career History

  • Senior Lecturer, School of Biological Sciences, University of East Anglia (Jan 2013 - present)
  • Senior Lecturer, School of Biological Sciences, Bangor University (Aug 2011 - Dec 2012)
  • Lecturer, School of Biological Sciences, Bangor University (Sept 2010 - Aug 2011)
  • RC-UK Research Fellow in Fisheries Genetics and Conservation, Bangor University, Bangor (Sept 2005 -Sept 2010)
  • Group leader/Teaching Fellow, University of East Anglia (March 2004 - Sept 2005)
  • Postdoctoral researcher, University of East Anglia (Oct 2000 – March 2004)
  • Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Antwerp, Belgium (based at the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences, Brussels) (March 2000 - Oct 2000)
  • Postdoctoral research assistant, Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences, Brussels, Belgium (March 1999 – March 2000)
  • University of Aberdeen / Southampton - PhD research student investigating speciation mechanisms, sexual selection and taxonomy in African cichlid fishes (1993 - 1996)
  • University of Leeds, BSc (hons) Animal and Plant Biology – 2i (1990-1993)

All Publications

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Lamb, P. D., Hunter, E., Pinnegar, J., Creer, S., Davies, R. G., Taylor, M. I.

(2017)

Jellyfish on the menu: mtDNA assay reveals scyphozoan predation in the Irish Sea,

in Royal Society Open Science

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article no. 171421

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Taylor, M. I.

(2017)

Evolution: Fangtastic Venoms Underpin Parasitic Mimicry,

in Current Biology

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pp. R295–R298

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Harvey, A. C., Solberg, M. F., Troianou, E., Carvalho, G. R., Taylor, M. I., Creer, S., Dyrhovden, L., Matre, I. H., Glover, K. A.

(2016)

Plasticity in growth of farmed and wild Atlantic salmon: Is the increased growth rate of farmed salmon caused by evolutionary adaptations to the commercial diet?,

in BMC Evolutionary Biology

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article no. 264

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Harvey, A. C., Solberg, M. F., Glover, K. A., Taylor, M. I., Creer, S., Carvalho, G. R.

(2016)

Plasticity in response to feed availability - does feeding regime influence the relative growth performance of domesticated, wild and hybrid Atlantic salmon Salmo salar parr?,

in Journal of Fish Biology

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pp. 1754–1768

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Harvey, A. C., Juleff, G., Carvalho, G. R., Taylor, M. I., Solberg, M. F., Creer, S., Dyrhovden, L., Matre, I., Glover, K. A.

(2016)

Does density influence relative growth performance of farm, wild and F1 hybrid Atlantic salmon in semi-natural and hatchery common garden conditions?,

in Royal Society Open Science

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article no. 160152

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Harvey, A. C., Glover, K. A., Taylor, M. I., Creer, S., Carvalho, G. R.

(2016)

A common garden design reveals population-specific variability in potential impacts of hybridisation between populations of farmed and wild Atlantic salmon, Salmo salar L,

in Evolutionary Applications

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pp. 435–449

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Bylemans, J., Maes, G. E., Diopere, E., Cariani, A., Senn, H., Taylor, M. I., Helyar, S., Bargelloni, L., Bonaldo, A., Carvalho, G., Guarniero, I., Komen, H., Martinsohn, J. T., Nielsen, E. E., Tinti, F., Volckaert, F. A. M., Ogden, R.

(2016)

Evaluating genetic traceability methods for captive bred marine fish and their applications in fisheries management and wildlife forensics,

in Aquaculture Environment Interactions

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pp. 131–145

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Taylor, M. I., Heath, M. R., Culling, M. A., Crozier, W. W., Fox, C. J., Gurney, W. S. C., Hutchinson, W. F., Nielsen, E. E., O'sullivan, M., Preedy, K. F., Righton, D. A., Speirs, D. C., Wright, P. J., Carvalho, G. R.

(2014)

Combination of genetics and spatial modelling highlights the sensitivity of cod (Gadus morhua) population diversity in the North Sea to distributions of fishing,

in ICES Journal of Marine Science

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pp. 794-807

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Börjesson, P., Jonsson, P., Pacariz, S., Björk, G., Taylor, M. I., Svedäng, H.

(2013)

Spawning of Kattegat cod (Gadus morhua)—Mapping spatial distribution by egg surveys,

in Fisheries Research

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pp. 63-71

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Bourlat, S. J., Taylor, M. I., Borja, A., Gilbert, J., Davies, N., Weisberg, S. B., Griffith, J. F., Lettieri, T., Field, D., Benzie, J., Glöckner, F. O., Rodríguez-Ezpeleta, N., Faith, D. P., Bean, T. P., Obst, M.

(2013)

Genomics in marine monitoring: New opportunities for assessing marine health status,

in Marine Pollution Bulletin

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pp. 19-31

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Tysklind, N., Taylor, M. I., Lyons, B. P., Goodsir, F., Mccarthy, I. D., Carvalho, G. R.

(2013)

Population genetics provides new insights into biomarker prevalence in dab ( Limanda limanda L.): a key marine biomonitoring species,

in Evolutionary Applications

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pp. 891-909

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Hold, N., Dawnay, L., Taylor, M. I.

(2013)

Development of microsatellite markers from 454 transcriptome derived sequences for the scallop Pecten maximus,

in Conservation Genetics Resources

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pp. 663-666

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Briscoe, A. G., Goodacre, S., Masta, S. E., Taylor, M. I., Arnedo, M. A., Penney, D., Kenny, J., Creer, S.

(2013)

Can Long-Range PCR Be Used to Amplify Genetically Divergent Mitochondrial Genomes for Comparative Phylogenetics? A Case Study within Spiders (Arthropoda: Araneae),

in PLoS ONE

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article no. e62404

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Van Wijk, S., Taylor, M., Creer, S., Dreyer, C., Rodrigues, F., Ramnarine, I., Van Oosterhout, C., Carvalho, G.

(2013)

Experimental harvesting of fish populations drives genetically based shifts in body size and maturation,

in Frontiers in Ecology & the Environment

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pp. 181-187

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Hemmer-hansen, J., Nielsen, E. E., Therkildsen, N. O., Taylor, M. I., Ogden, R., Geffen, A. J., Bekkevold, D., Helyar, S., Pampoulie, C., Johansen, T., Carvalho, G. R.

(2013)

A genomic island linked to ecotype divergence in Atlantic cod,

in Molecular Ecology

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pp. 2653-2667

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Hold, N., Murray, L. G., Kaiser, M. J., Hinz, H., Beaumont, A. R., Taylor, M. I.

(2013)

Potential effects of stock enhancement with hatchery-reared seed on genetic diversity and effective population size,

in Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences

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pp. 330-338

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Mat Jaafar, T. N. A., Taylor, M. I., Mohd Nor, S. A., De Bruyn, M., Carvalho, G. R.

(2012)

DNA Barcoding Reveals Cryptic Diversity within Commercially Exploited Indo-Malay Carangidae (Teleosteii: Perciformes),

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article no. e49623

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Helyar, S. J., Limborg, M. T., Bekkevold, D., Babbucci, M., Van Houdt, J., Maes, G. E., Bargelloni, L., Nielsen, R. O., Taylor, M. I., Ogden, R., Cariani, A., Carvalho, G. R., Consortium, F., Panitz, F.

(2012)

SNP discovery using next generation transcriptomic sequencing in Atlantic herring (Clupea harengus),

in PLoS ONE

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article no. e42089

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Limborg, M. T., Helyar, S. J., De Bruyn, M., Taylor, M. I., Nielsen, E. E., Ogden, R., Carvalho, G. R., Bekkevold, D.

(2012)

Environmental selection on transcriptome-derived SNPs in a high gene flow marine fish, the Atlantic herring (Clupea harengus): Environmental Adaptation in Atlantic Herring,

in Molecular Ecology

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pp. 3686-3703

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Hunter, E., Taylor, N., Fox, C., Maillard, M., Taylor, M.

(2012)

Effectiveness of TaqMan probes for detection of fish eggs and larvae in the stomach contents of a teleost predator,

in Journal of Fish Biology

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pp. 320-328

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Key Research Interests

  • The origins and implications of polyploidy in Corydoras catfishes
  • Traceability of marine fish and fish products
  • Population and conservation genetics of freshwater and marine fishes.
  • Experimental study of fisheries induced evolution using the guppy as a model system.

PhD Positions

Click here for current PhD opportunities in Biological Sciences. But feel free to email me to discuss projects outside these areas and alternative sources of funding.

Postdocs & Fellows

I am always happy to discuss possibilities for postdoctoral work and collaborations. Possible funding routes include EU Marie Curie fellowships, Brazilian Science without borders opportunities etc.

 

Professional Activities

Associate Editor Marine Biology (2007 - present)