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Dr. David Winship Taylor

Professor of Biology
Curator of Herbarium
Professor of Sustainability and Regeneration

Life Sciences 314
Phone: (812) 941-2377
dwtaylo2@ius.edu

Biography

Current research in my laboratory has students involved in preparing plant specimens for biogeochemical analysis to test the hypothesis that the geological biomarker oleanane has a flowering plant origin. Students collect and prepare all materials, including GPS on localities. These collections are being used for several analyses of patterns in living plants.  Also I have student researchers looking at the relationships of the Water Lilies (Nymphaeales) using molecular and morphological data.  Finally, I have students working on local sustainability and environmental sciences projects including invasive plants.

Academic Background

  • Doctorate

    • University of Connecticut, Storrs, USA
    • Ph.D. Botany

Professional Interests

Teaching

Application of Project Based Learning (PBL), flipped classroom, and gifted and talented methods to the active learning science classroom. 

Research

Evolution and relationships of angiosperms; Methods of character analysis; Ancestral character states in angiosperms; Use of experimental morphogenetic data to test structural and evolutionary hypotheses; Use of leaf architectural characters to assess the relationships of fossil angiosperms; Paleobiological significance of carbon isotope ratios and geochemistry of plant fossils.  Use of pollen to understand flowering plant – pollinator interactions; The relationships of fossil water lilies and their likely evolution. I have over 40 publications in these areas.

Publications

Books

  • Taylor, D.W. & L.J. Hickey (editors). (1996). Flowering Plant Origin, Early Evolution and Phylogeny. New York: Chapman & Hall.

Hobbies/Interests

Farmer, co-owner Sirocco Ridge Farm, LLC, a sustainable farm in Henryville, IN

Campus Events

(24)Softball vs. (5)Marian University

(24)Softball vs. (5)Marian University

March 3rd, 2021

2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

(24)Softball vs. (5)Marian University

(24)Softball vs. (5)Marian University

March 3rd, 2021

4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Spectrum Spring 2021 Meetings

Spectrum Spring 2021 Meetings

March 3rd, 2021

6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

9th Annual Voices of Change Speech Contest

9th Annual Voices of Change Speech Contest

March 4th, 2021

7:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Pre-Med Society Meeting

Pre-Med Society Meeting

March 5th, 2021

12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

SGA Meeting

SGA Meeting

March 5th, 2021

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

(11)Baseball vs. University of Rio Grande

(11)Baseball vs. University of Rio Grande

March 5th, 2021

5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

(24)Softball vs. Siena Heights University

(24)Softball vs. Siena Heights University

March 6th, 2021

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Women’s Tennis vs. University of Pikeville

Women’s Tennis vs. University of Pikeville

March 6th, 2021

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Men’s Tennis vs. University of Pikeville

Men’s Tennis vs. University of Pikeville

March 6th, 2021

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

(11)Baseball vs. University of Rio Grande

(11)Baseball vs. University of Rio Grande

March 6th, 2021

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

(24)Softball vs. Siena Heights University

(24)Softball vs. Siena Heights University

March 6th, 2021

3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

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