Research is most beneficial to management and conservation when results are presented to, and understood by, stakeholders that use and enjoy the natural resources being studied. To that end, I actively disseminate results of my research, and the research of my peers, to other scientists, resource managers, anglers, and the general public. I encourage anyone browsing this page to follow along and participate in my social media outreach and citizen science efforts!
- AFS Black Bass Conservation Committee Facebook Page: As social media director, I create and share content on black bass management and conservation of black bass diversity. Specifically, my goals for this outreach effort are educating anglers and the general public on 1) the diversity of black bass and the species endemic to the southeastern U.S.; 2) the dangers associated with stocking fish outside of their native basins; and 3) the importance of conserving intact aquatic habitats for native biodiversity. The page has about 900 followers and posts regularly reach 200 – 1,000 people, facilitating conversations between scientists, managers, and anglers. My “What’s That Bass Wednesday” posts have been a popular way of demonstrating the diversity of black bass species and the threat that hybridization with non-native species poses.
- Native Bass Blog: This is a personal blog I created to explore topics related to one of my favorite research subjects and angling targets – the black basses! I highlight research findings, answer questions, chronicle my research efforts and angling adventures, and explore other related topics. My goal with this blog is to present material applicable to anglers and the general public in a concise and understandable format.
- iNaturalist Group, Angling for Black Bass Conservation: This group is a place where anglers can upload geo-tagged photographs of black bass to help inform conservation of native species (e.g., Shoal Bass, Chattahoochee Bass, Bartram’s Bass). Leveraging my presence on social media outlets and incentivizing angler participation should help expand these efforts, with the goal of creating a robust, angler-contributed dataset that can ultimately be used to inform conservation efforts.
In The News (interviews and articles)
- Wildlife Management Institute’s Outdoor News Bulletin (April 13, 2018): This article explains the use of niche models to better understand the current distribution of the Longnose Darter, the only state-level endangered fish species in Oklahoma. Efforts will
- “Hooked on Wild Waters with Drew Gregory” webseries, Season 3, Episode 7: I illustrate some data collection methods and discuss the results of my genetic research on Neosho Smallmouth Bass in the Ozark Mountains. I also provided range maps and other graphics.
- McDonald County Press (Sept. 14, 2017): I highlight a unique local species, the Neosho Smallmouth Bass, and its fishery in nearby rivers and streams.
- Wildlife Management Institute’s Outdoor News Bulletin (Oct. 16, 2014): This article covers black bass conservation issues that I addressed during my dissertation research and elsewhere.
- Rome News Tribune (Oct. 12, 2012): I discuss the stream fish community surveys being conducted during my service with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources.
Writing and Editing
- Symposium Summary: Taylor, A.T. 2018. “Black bass diversity.” Page 639 in Beard, B (ed.). 147th Annual meeting in Tampa: eclipse highlights week of celebrating science. Fisheries 42(12):637-652.
- Editing for Scientific Accuracy: Lewis, M.R. 2018. “Fly Fishing for Redeye Bass: An Adventure Across Southern Waters.”
- Blog Article: Taylor, A.T. 2016. “Black bass diversity and conservation: the challenge continues.” The Fisheries Blog.
- Symposium Summary: Taylor, A.T. 2013. “Black bass diversity: multidisciplinary science for conservation.” Page 557 in Schaeffer, J (ed.). 143rd Annual meeting wrap-up: thank you Little Rock. Fisheries 38(12):553-567.