Andrew D. Taylor

Andrew D. Taylor

Professor Emeritus, Biology

Population and Community Ecology of Interspecific Interactions; Applied Statistics










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Academic Degrees

Ph.D. Duke University (Zoology)

M.A.S. Ohio State University (Applied Statistics)

Research Interests

Most of my research has been on the population and community ecology of interspecific interactions involving insects. I use theoretical, lab and field studies to explore the population dynamics of insect parasitoid-host and predator-prey interactions. I also have been studying the community structure of plant-pollinator interaction networks.

In addition I provide statistical consultation for UH researchers in the biological and environmental sciences. (Students or faculty wanting statistical advice should contact me by email with a description of your study and your statistical questions.) This consulting role often has led to research collaborations; recent such projects have included the effects of weather and climate on silversword population dynamics, the effects of biofuel crops on soil carbon dynamics, the quantitative genetics of disease resistance in aquaculture shrimp and koa tree seedlings, and the possible effects of an invasive snail on native snail populations and communities.

I also conduct research on statistical methods. Currently I am developing and evaluating methods for estimating population abundances by mark-recapture methods, when the population is very small.

Selected Publications

Taylor, A. D. 1988. “Parasitoid competition and the dynamics of host-parasitoid models.” The
American Naturalist 132: 417-436.

Turchin, P., A. D. Taylor, and J. D. Reeve. 1999. “Dynamical role of predators in population
cycles of a forest insect: an experimental test.” Science 285: 1068-1071.

Gruner, D.S. and A.D. Taylor. 2006. “Richness and species composition of arboreal arthropods
affected by nutrients and predators: a press experiment.” Oecologia 147: 714-724.

Krushelnycky, P. D., L .L. Loope, T. W. Giambelluca, F. Starr, K. Starr, D. Drake, A. D. Taylor,
and R. Robichaux. 2012. “Climate-associated population declines reverse recovery and
threaten future of an iconic plant.” Global Change Biology 19:911-922, doi: