Derek J. Taylor


Derek J. Taylor.

Derek J. Taylor


Derek J. Taylor


Research Interests

Evolutionary biology: evolutionary genetics of aquatic invertebrates


  • PhD, University of Guelph
  • Postdoctoral Research, University of Michigan

Office Hours

  • Thursday: 2:00 - 4:00pm

Research Summary

The research area of my lab is molecular evolution. Specifically, we aim to address problems and make discoveries in speciation biology, hybridization, species introductions, and paleovirology. We use a variety of complementary approaches to gain this knowledge including the tools of molecular, genomic, experimental, comparative, and historical biology.

Selected Publications

Kotov, A. A.,  Garibian, P. G.,  Bekker, E. I.,  Taylor, D. J., and Karabanov, D. P.  2020. A new species group from the Daphnia curvirostris species complex (Cladocera: Anomopoda) from the eastern Palaearctic: taxonomy, phylogeny and phylogeography. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society, zlaa046. PDF

Ballinger, M. J. and Taylor, D. J. 2019. Evolutionary persistence of insect bunyavirus infection despite host acquisition and expression of the viral nucleoprotein gene. Virus Evolution 5(2): vez017.  PDF

Zuykova, E. I. , Bochkarev, N. A., Taylor, D. J. and Kotov, A. A. 2019. Unexpected endemism in the Daphnia longispina complex (Crustacea: Cladocera) in Southern Siberia. PLoS ONE 14(9): e0221527. PDF

Zuykova, E. I. , Simonov, E. P., Bochkarev, N. A., Taylor, D. J. and Kotov, A. A. 2018. Resolution of the Daphnia umbra problem (Crustacea: Cladocera) using an integrated taxonomic approach. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society. ZLY15  PDF

Taylor, D. J., Ballinger, M. J., Medeiros, A. S., and Kotov, A. A. 2016. Climate-associated tundra thaw pond formation and range expansion of boreal zooplankton predators. Ecography 39: 43-53. PDF supplementary files