“To keep every cog and wheel is the first precaution of intelligent tinkering.”-Aldo Leopold
As the famous ecologist Aldo Leopold noted (above), retaining and understanding all of the components and interrelationships within a natural system is key if one wishes to make repairs when things go awry. With an ever-increasing human footprint on our natural resources, effective management and conservation of natural biodiversity is imperative for proper ecosystem functioning and, in turn, human livelihood.
The Taylor Fish Lab within the Biology Department at the University of Central Oklahoma conducts research to promote science-based management and conservation of our fisheries resources. Our work is multi-faceted and collaborative, using a variety of approaches — including population genetics, riverscape modeling, and population dynamics — to best understand how biodiversity can be conserved within human-altered riverscapes.
Explore this website to get to know more about our research!