Dr. Jennifer Taylor is an environmental scientist who specializes in ecological modeling to identify key environmental characteristics that drive species occurrence and distribution. She uses species-environment relationships to project the impact of global changes on wildlife distributions and habitat suitability. Similarly, she models the projected impacts of environmental stressors that result from anthropogenic activities to help with decision making. Trained in interdisciplinary research, she enjoys large collaborative projects that combine many fields such as ecology, hydrology, atmospheric sciences, and environmental engineering. She has studied numerous aquatic habitats such as riparian zones, salt marshes, and rocky intertidal coast line and is particularly interested in the role of streamflow and water level patterns in driving habitat suitability.
She earned her doctorate degree (D. Env) in 2019 from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in environmental science and engineering, her M.S. in environmental health science from UCLA in 2015, and her B.S. in environmental science from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in 2011. She joined SCCWRP in 2017.
D.Env., envi. science and engineering, University of California, Los Angeles, 2019
M.S., envi. health science, University of California, Los Angeles, 2015
B.S., envi. science, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, 2011
B.A., psychology, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, 2011
Teaching Assistant, Environmental Science, University of California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA. 2017
Rocky Intertidal Habitat Graduate Student Researcher, University of California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA. 2016-2018
Coastal Salt Marsh Graduate Student Researcher, University of California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA. 2016
Volunteer, Rocky Intertidal Monitoring with MARINe, Los Angeles, CA. 2016-present
Lab Technician, University of California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA. 2013-2014
Graduate Representative to the Green Initiative Fund, University of California, Los Angeles , Los Angeles, CA. 2013-2014
Project Manager, BEAM Engineering, Boston, MA. 2011-2013
Team Field Worker, Massachusetts Audubon Society, Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary, Natick, MA. 2010
Honors and Awards
Raymond Goodman Scholarship for Academic Excellence, 2014-2015
School of Public Health Student Association Student of the Month Award, 2014-2015
Lester Breslow Student Writing Competition, 2014-2015
Delta Omega Honorary Society in Public Health, Iota Chapter nomination, 2014-2015
Summa Cum Laude, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, 2011
Selected Presentations and Conference Proceedings
Rising sea levels and habitat suitability for the Ridgway’s Rails and Belding’s Savannah sparrow in southern California coastal salt marshes, Coastal Wetland Workshop, University of California, Los Angeles, 2019
The impact of climate change on the distribution of riparian and riverine species in southern California, Biology Dept seminar, California State University, Los Angeles, 2019
An Approach for Determining the Impacts of Changing Streamflow on Wildlife Habitat. State of the Los Angeles River Watershed, Council for Watershed Health, poster, 2018.
Feeling the squeeze: A GIS analysis of southern California rocky intertidal habitats. University of California, Los Angeles Institute of the Environment and Sustainability Annual Gala, poster, 2017.
Can the anthropogenic addition of sediment help coastal wetlands survive sea level rise? University of California, Los Angeles Earth Now: Earth 2050, poster, 2016.
Toxicity and fate of the chemicals of matrix acidization, an unconventional oil stimulation technique. American Chemical Society, Denver, CO, seminar, 2015.
Stability of chemicals used during matrix acidization. University of California, Los Angeles, Environmental Health Science 411 seminar, 2015.
A morning without public health. University of California, Los Angeles, 41st Annual Lester Breslow Distinguished Lecture, 2015.