Taylor, Edith

Edith L.
Taylor, PhD
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Edith L. Taylor
  • Professor for the University Of Kansas Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology since 1995
  • Served on the University of Kansas Women’s Studies Advisory Board from 1995-2002
  • Has been a volunteer for the Lawrence Public Library since 1997
  • Has been invited to give numerous symposium presentations around the world including China, Germany, and Argentina.

Edith Taylor is currently a professor of paleobotany here at the University Of Kansas. She received her Ph.D. from the Ohio State University and has published many books and articles on paleobotany. In 1995 Edith L. Taylor and Thomas N. Taylor joined the faculty of the Department of Botany and were appointed curators in the Natural History Museum at the University of Kansas. They brought thousands of permineralized specimens from the Permian and Triassic of Antarctica together with over 40 years worth of collected material from around the world. The fossils were initially stored in wooden cabinets, but a National Science Foundation Research Collections in Systematics and Ecology grant provided funds to install a state-of-the-art, compactor system with metal drawers. After the installation of the compactor system Robert Baxter's collection was moved from the R.L. McGregor Herbarium to Haworth Hall. In 1997 Rudolph Serbet joined Paleobotany as the first collections manager. Once under the aegis of the Natural History Museum, today Paleobotany is one of 11 taxonomic entities of the KU Biodiversity Institute.

She has authored and edited five books, including the most widely read textbook in her field, in addition to well over 100 scientific papers published in prestigious peer reviewed journals of both national and international stature. She serves as a reviewer for numerous prestigious scientific journals and organizations including the National Science Foundation, the Cambridge University Press, the American Journal of Botany, and the Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology. She tirelessly shares her excitement for science to school children and other public groups through lectures, demonstrations, and exhibits. She has received numerous research grants and has attained continuous funding since 1979.

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