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Taylor, Chris

Principal Research Scientist, Crustacean & Fish Biology
Senior Curator of Fishes & Crustaceans

Address and Contact Information

Room 58, Natural Resources Building, MC-650
615 E. Peabody Drive
Champaign, Illinois  61820

Research Interests

Systematics and ecology of North American crayfishes using both molecular and morphological techniques. Conservation of North American crayfishes and their habitats.

Research Biography


PhD, University of Illinois, 2003

MS, Zoology, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, 1993

BS, Zoology, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, 1991

Selected Publications

Taylor, C. A., R. J. DiStefano, E. R. Larson, and J. Stoekel.  2019.  Towards a cohesive strategy for the conservation of the Unites States’ diverse and highly endemic crayfish fauna. Hydrobiologia

Fetzner, J. W. and C. A. Taylor.  2018.  Two new species of freshwater crayfish (Decapoda: Cambaridae) of the genus Faxonius from the Ozark Highlands of Arkansas and Missouri. Zootaxa 4399(4): 491-520.

Rice, C. J., E. Larson, and C. A. Taylor. 2018.  Environmental DNA detects a rare large river crayfish but with little relation to local abundance.  Freshwater Biology DOI: 10.1111/fwb.13081.

Rhoden , C.M., W. E. Peterman, and C. A. Taylor.  2017.  Maxent-directed field surveys identify new populations of narrowly endemic habitat specialists.  PeerJ 5:e3632.

Stites, A. J., C. A. Taylor, and E. J. Kessler. 2017.  Trophic ecology of the North American crayfish genus Barbicambarus, evidence for a unique body size trophic position relationship.  Journal of Crustacean Biology 37(3): 263-271.

C. A. Taylor,C. M. Rhoden, and G. A. Schuster. 2016.  A new species of crayfish in the genus Orconectes (Decapoda: Cambaridae) from the Tennessee River drainage with comments on and a key to members of the O. juvenilis Species Complex.  Zootaxa 4208(2): 161-175.

Rhoden, C. M., C. A. Taylor, and W. E. Peterman.  2016. Highway to Heaven?  Roadsides as preferred habitat for two narrowly endemic crayfish. Freshwater Science 35(3): 974-983.

Taylor, C. A., G. A. Schuster, and D. B. Wylie.  2015.  Field Guide to Crayfishes of the Midwest.  Illinois Natural History Survey Manual No. 15.  145 pp.

Taylor, C. A. and D. J. Soucek. 2010. Re-examining the importance of fish in the diets of stream-dwelling crayfishes: implications for food web analyses and conservation. In press, American Midland Naturalist

Taylor, C. A. and G. A. Schuster. 2004. The Crayfishes of Kentucky. Illinois Natural History Survey Special Publication No. 28. 227 pp.

Professional Affiliations

Biological Society of Washington (Manuscript reviewer - Journal of Crustacean Biology)

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