Dr. Lisa A. Taylor
Assistant Research Scientist, Behavioral Ecology and Evolution
Dr. Taylor’s research is driven by a fascination with biodiversity, and in particular, with the extravagant and brilliantly colored displays that arthropods use to communicate. The goal of her work is to understand the selection pressures that drive the evolution and maintenance of these colors. She uses a combination of observational field studies of free-ranging animals and controlled laboratory experiments that often employ direct manipulation of color patterns to test hypotheses about how they function and understand the implications they have for ecological interactions. Current projects focus on sexual selection, sensory exploitation, and predator psychology of spiders, wasps, and other colorful but understudied arthropod groups.