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Research fellow in conservation genetics, University of Otago

2014: Victoria University of Wellington, NZ PhD, Ecology and Biodiversity
2011: Manchester Metropolitan University, UK MSc Conservation
2003: Clare College, Cambridge University, UK BA (Hons) Natural Sciences

2018 Stovall WR, Taylor HR, Black M, Grosser S, Rutherford K & Gemmell NJ Genetic sex assignment in wild populations using GBS data: a statistical threshold approach Molecular Ecology Resources 18: 179-190

2018 Dussex N, Taylor HR, Irestedt M & Robertson BC When genetic and phenotypic data do not coincide: the conservation implications of ignoring inconvenient taxonomic evidence New Zealand Journal of Ecology DOI 10.20417/nzjecol.42.13

2017 Lamb SD, Taylor HR, Holtmann B, Santos ESA, Tamayo JH, Johnson SL & Nakagawa S Coprophagy in dunnocks (Prunella modularis): A frequent behavior in females, infrequent in males, and very unusual in nestlings. Wilson Journal of Ornithology 129 615-620

2017 Taylor HR, Dussex N & van Heezik Y De-extinction needs consultation. Nature Ecology and Evolution 1 0198

2017 Taylor HR, Dussex, N & van Heezik Y Bridging the conservation genetics gap by identifying barriers to implementation for conservation practitioners. Global Ecology and Conservation 10 231-242

2017 Taylor HR, Colbourne RM, Robertson HA, Nelson NN, Allendorf FW & Ramstad KM Cryptic inbreeding depression in a recovering long-lived species, the little spotted kiwi (Apteryx owenii) Molecular Ecology. 26 799-813

2016 Kardos M, Taylor HR, Ellegren H, Luikart G & Allendorf FW Genomics advances the study of inbreeding depression in the wild. Evolutionary Applications. 9 1205-1218

​2016 Taylor HR* & Soanes K*, Breaking out of the echo chamber: missed opportunities for genetics at conservation conferences​. Biodiversity and Conservation 25:1987-1993 (*joint first authors)

2016 Taylor HR & Gemmell NJ, Emerging Technologies to Conserve Biodiversity: Further Opportunities via Genomics. Trends in Ecology and Evolution. 31 171-172

2015 Taylor HR, The use and abuse of genetic marker based estimates of relatedness and inbreeding. Ecology and Evolution 5 3140-3150

2015 Weeks AR, Moro D, Thavornkanlapachai R, Taylor HR, White NE, Weiser EL and Heinze D, Conserving and enhancing genetic diversity in translocation programmes, in Advances in Reintroduction Biology of Australian and New Zealand Fauna, Editors: Armstrong DP, Hayward MW, Moro D, Seddon PJ, CSIRO Publishing: Collingwood, VIC, Australia. p. 127-139

2015 Taylor HR, Allendorf FW, Ramstad KM and Kardos MK, Valid estimates of individual inbreeding coefficients from marker-based pedigrees are not feasible in wild populations with low allelic diversity. Conservation Genetics 16 901-913

2014 Taylor HR, Nelson NJ and Ramstad KM, Chick Timer™ software proves an accurate, disturbance-minimizing tool for monitoring hatching success in little spotted kiwi (Apteryx owenii). New Zealand Journal of Zoology 41 139-146

2012 Taylor HR and Harris WE, An emergent science on the brink of irrelevance: a review of the past 8 years of DNA barcoding. Molecular Ecology Resources 12 377-388

Research interests:
Optimal techniques for detecting inbreeding depression in species of conservation concern · Incorporating genetic monitoring into conservation strategy · Genetic rescue · Bird reproductive success · Population viability analysis · Conservation prioritization · Effective scientific communication and stakeholder engagement


  • –present
    Postdoctoral research fellow in conservation genetics, University of Otago


  • 2014 
    Victoria University of Wellington, PhD Ecology and Biodiversity