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Robert Taylor, PhD.

Restoration Ecologist
rtaylor@refugeassociation.org

Rob works on inventorying and monitoring projects to strengthen the science used in managing wildlife and restoring key habitats at Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge, a globally significant area for seabird conservation in the northwest Hawaiian Islands.

Born and raised in New York City by not exactly nature-loving parents, Rob isn’t sure how he ended up doing conservation work, but suspects that it stems from his longstanding appreciation of fresh air, uncrowded spaces and a fascination with plants and animals. After finishing a B.S. in Computer Science (St. John’s University) and a brief stint as a computer geek with IBM, Rob went back to school, this time studying ecology and conservation biology at the University of New Mexico (Ph.D., Biology/Ecology).

After graduating he was hired on by The Nature Conservancy where he worked for a couple of years in the desert southwest before taking on the job of Northeast Oregon Regional Ecologist where he spent over 10 years leading the development of an ecological monitoring and research program for the Conservancy’s Zumwalt Prairie Initiative. As a “jack of all trades” ecologist, Rob has experience with a variety of issues including grazing, fire, climate change, invasive species, and wildlife habitat restoration. Most of all he enjoys working with land managers and other stakeholders in developing robust and efficient adaptive management and monitoring programs and in catalyzing conservation-relevant research in collaboration with academic and agency partners, including the University of Idaho where he holds an adjunct faculty appointment in the Department of Forest, Range, and Fire Sciences.