Statewide Fisheries Research

Fisheries Research Staff - Barbara Taylor Barbara Taylor - Aquatic Ecologist

Contact Information

South Carolina Department of Natural Resources
Fisheries Research
1921 VanBoklen Road
Eastover, SC 29044

Phone: 803-353-8232
Fax: 803-353-8552
DNR cell phone: 803/360-8024
Email: TaylorB@dnr.sc.gov

Primary Expertise

Aquatic and wetland ecology, population ecology, environmental history

Current and Recent Projects

Assessment of factors affecting recruitment of key resident and anadromous fish species in the Santee-Cooper system, including composition and productivity of benthic and planktonic invertebrates

Development and application of a bioenergetics-based, cohort-structured population model to estimate forage requirements of brown trout in a stocked impoundments under various stocking and harvest scenarios

Assessment of the impact of nutrients from point sources in the Saluda-Reedy watershed on water quality in Lake Greenwood

Education

Ph.D. in Zoology, 1981, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington Dissertation supervised by W. T. Edmondson: “Population dynamics of the crustacean zooplankton of Hall Lake, Washington.”

B.S. in Biology, 1973, Kent State University, Kent, Ohio

Professional Experience 

Wildlife Biologist III, Freshwater Fisheries Research Laboratory, South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, January 2007-present

Associate Ecologist, Savannah River Ecology Laboratory, July 1991-December 2006
    Member, Graduate Faculty, and Courtesy Member, Faculty of Ecology, University of Georgia

Assistant Ecologist, Savannah River Ecology Laboratory, November 1983-June 1991

Research Fellow, Max-Planck-Institut für Limnologie, Plön, Federal Republic of Germany, 1982-1983

Instructor, University of Oklahoma Biological Station, summer 1982

Research Associate, University of Oklahoma Biological Station, 1981-1982

Recent Awards

Regional Forester’s Honor Award, Natural Resource Stewardship for the Carolina Bay Restoration and Banking Project, 2006

External Funding (2007 to Present)

Taylor, B., and J. Bulak. Factors affecting recruitment of key resident and anadromous fish species in the Santee-Cooper system. Sportfish Restoration Program, United States Fish and Wildlife Service. 2010-2012, $290,000.

Taylor, B., and J. Bulak. Application of a cohort-structured, bioenergetics-based population model to assess factors affecting condition of brown trout in Lake Jocassee. Bad Creek Memorandum of Understanding, Duke Energy and South Carolina Department of Natural Resources. 2008-2009, $50,000.

Taylor, B., J. Bulak, and H. McKellar. Watershed model development and calibration for the Saluda and Reedy River basins flowing into Lake Greenwood. Buzzard’s Roost Mitigation Trust Fund, administered by South Carolina Department of Natural Resource, United States Fish and Wildlife Service, and Duke Energy, and Saluda Reedy Watershed Consortium, 2007-2008, $60, 000, with supplemental funding from Upstate Forever in 2009, $5,100.

Technical Reports for South Carolina Department of Natural Resources:

Taylor, B., and J. Bulak. 2011. Forage Requirements of Brown Trout in Lake Jocassee (Adobe PDF). South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, Freshwater Fisheries Research Laboratory, Eastover, South Carolina.

Taylor, B., and J. Bulak. 2009. Additional simulations with the Saluda-Reedy Watershed model: Contributions of each point source to the phosphorus loads to Lake Greenwood. South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, Freshwater Fisheries Research Laboratory, Eastover, South Carolina.

Taylor, B., J. Bulak, and H. McKellar. 2009. Additional simulations with the Lake Greenwood model: Impact of altered phosphorus loads from the Saluda River (Adobe PDF). South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, Freshwater Fisheries Research Laboratory, Eastover, South Carolina.

Taylor, B. and J. Bulak. 2009. Assessing Effects of Watershed Change on Phosphorus Loading to Lake Greenwood, South Carolina. Supplement: Impact of point sources on phosphorus loading to Lake Greenwood (Adobe PDF). South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, Freshwater Fisheries Research Laboratory, Eastover, South Carolina.

Taylor, B., J. Bulak, and H. McKellar. 2008. Assessing Effects of Watershed Change on Phosphorus Loading to Lake Greenwood, South Carolina. Final report (Adobe PDF). South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, Freshwater Fisheries Research Laboratory, Eastover, South Carolina.

McKellar, H., J. Bulak, and B. Taylor. 2008. A Dynamic Water Quality Model of Lake Greenwood, SC: Development and Application toward Issues of Phosphorus Loading, Algal Dynamics, and Oxygen Depletion (Adobe PDF). South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, Freshwater Fisheries Research Laboratory, Eastover, South Carolina.

Peer-Reviewed Publications

McRae, B. J., J. S. Bulak, B. E. Taylor, and C. T. Waters. Evaluation of the use of gill nets for monitoring reservoir striped bass fisheries. American Fisheries Society Special Publication. (Accepted, revision submitted)

Taylor, B. E., F. W. Rich, M. J. Brooks, A. I. Ivester, and C. O. Clement. 2011. Late Pleistocene and Holocene vegetation changes in the Sandhills, Fort Jackson, South Carolina. Southeastern Geology. (In press)

Pinder, J. E., III, T.G. Hinton, B. E. Taylor, and F. W. Whicker. 2011. Cesium accumulation by aquatic organisms at different trophic levels following an experimental release into a small reservoir. Journal of Environmental Radioactivity 102: 283-293.

Brooks, M. J., B. E. Taylor, and A. H. Ivester. 2010. Carolina bays: time capsules of culture and climate change. Southeastern Archaeology 29: 146-183.

Taylor, B. E., D. E. Scott, and J. W. Gibbons. 2006. Catastrophic reproductive failure, terrestrial survival, and persistence of the marbled salamander. Conservation Biology 20: 792-801.

Taylor, B. E. 2005. Aquatic invertebrates. In J. C. Kilgo and J. I. Blake, editors, Ecology and Management of a Forested Landscape: Fifty Years on the Savannah River Site, pp. 161-175. Island Press, Washington, D.C.

Batzer, D. P., S. E. Dietz-Brantley, B. E. Taylor, and A. E. DeBiase. 2005. Evaluating regional differences in macronvertebrate communities from forested depressional wetlands across eastern and central North America. Journal of the North American Benthological Society 24: 403-414.

Taylor, B. E., and A. E. DeBiase. 2005. Are microcrustaceans useful for assessing success of wetland pond restoration? Ecological Restoration 23: 56-57.

DeBiase, A.E., and B.E. Taylor. 2005. Microcrustaceans (Branchiopoda and Copepoda) of wetland ponds and impoundments on the Savannah River Site, Aiken, South Carolina (Adobe PDF). SRO-NERP-28. Savannah River Ecology Laboratory, Aiken, South Carolina.

Hopkins, W. A., B. P. Staub, J. W. Snodgrass, B. E. Taylor, A. E. DeBiase, J. H. Roe, B. P. Jackson, and J. D. Congdon. 2004. Responses of benthic fish exposed to contaminants in outdoor microcosms–examining the ecological relevance of previous laboratory toxicity tests. Aquatic Toxicology 68: 1-12.

Gaiser, E. E., M. J. Brooks, W. Kenney, C. L. Schelske, and B. E. Taylor. 2004. Interpreting the hydrologic history of a temporary pond from chemical and microscopic characterization of siliceous microfossils. Journal of Paleolimnology 31: 63-76.

Staton, J. L., B. E. Taylor, N. V. Schizas, R. Wetzer, T. C. Glenn, and B. C. Coull. 2003. Mitochondrial gene diversity of Skistodiaptomus mississippiensis in impoundments of the Upper Coastal Plain near Aiken, South Carolina, USA. Archiv für Hydrobiologie 158: 215-231.

DeBiase, A. E., and B. E. Taylor. 2003. New reports of fairy shrimps (Crustacea: Anostraca) and clam shrimps (Crustacea: Laevicaudata and Spinicaudata) from South Carolina. The Southeastern Naturalist 2: 207-216.

Dietz-Brantley, S. E., B. E. Taylor, D. P. Batzer, and A. E. DeBiase. 2002. Invertebrates that aestivate in dry basins of Carolina bay wetlands. Wetlands 22: 767-775.

Brooks, M. J., B. E. Taylor, P. A. Stone, and L. R. Gardner. 2001. Pleistocene encroachment of the Wateree River sand sheet into Big Bay on the Middle Coastal Plain of South Carolina. Southeastern Geology 40: 241-257.

Gaiser, E. E., B. E. Taylor, and M. J. Brooks. 2001. Establishment of wetlands on the southeastern Atlantic Coastal Plain: Paleolimnological evidence of a mid-Holocene hydrologic threshold from a South Carolina pond. Journal of Paleolimnology 26: 373-391.

Dietz, S. E., D. P. Batzer, B. E. Taylor, and A. E. DeBiase. 2001. Invertebrate communities of twenty ditched Carolina bays scheduled for restoration. In K. J. Hatcher, editor, Proceedings of the 2001 Georgia Water Resources Conference, pp. 321-324. Institute of Ecology, University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia.

Medland, V. L., and B. E. Taylor. 2001. Strategies of emergence from diapause for cyclopoid copepods in a temporary pond. Archiv für Hydrobiologie 150: 329-349.

DeBiase, A. E., and B. E. Taylor. 2000. A new calanoid copepod species from South Carolina, U. S. A.: Aglaodiaptomus savagei (Crustacea: Copepoda: Calanoida: Diaptomidae). Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington 113: 681-689.

Lewis, G. P., B. E. Taylor, J. E. Pinder III, and P. M. Dixon. 2000. Apparent decline of the sediment 137Cs inventory of an abandoned reactor cooling reservoir: export or uncertainty? Journal of Environmental Radioactivity 49: 293-306.

Saunders, P. A., K. G. Porter, and B. E. Taylor. 1999. Population dynamics of Daphnia spp. and implications for trophic interactions in a small, monomictic lake. Journal of Plankton Research 21: 1823-1845.

Taylor, B. E., D. A. Leeper, M. A. McClure, and A. E. DeBiase. 1999. Carolina bays: ecology of aquatic invertebrates and perspectives on conservation. In D. P. Batzer, R. B. Rader, and S. A. Wissinger, editors, Invertebrates in Freshwater Wetlands of North America: Ecology and Management, pp. 167-196. John Wiley and Sons, Inc.

Gaiser, E. E., T. E. Philippi, and B. E. Taylor. 1998. Distribution of diatoms among intermittent ponds on the Atlantic Coastal Plain: development of a model to predict drought periodicity from surface-sediment assemblages. Journal of Paleolimnology 20: 71-90.

Grant, J. A., M. J. Brooks, and B. E. Taylor. 1998. New constraints on the evolution of Carolina bays from ground-penetrating radar. Geomorphology 22: 325-345.

Leeper, D. A., and B. E. Taylor. 1998. Abundance, biomass and production of aquatic invertebrates in Rainbow Bay, a temporary wetland in South Carolina, USA. Archiv für Hydrobiologie 143: 335-362.

Philippi, T. E., P. M. Dixon, and B. E. Taylor. 1998. Detecting trends in species composition. Ecological Applications 8: 300-308.

Williams-Howze, J., B. E. Taylor, P. M. Biesiot, and G. Seaborn. 1998. Lipid analysis of Aglaodiaptomus stagnalis Forbes and their desiccation resistant diapause eggs. Archiv für Hydrobiologie Special Issues, Advances in Limnology 52: 493-506.

Leeper, D. A., and B. E. Taylor. 1998. Insect emergence from a South Carolina (USA) temporary wetland pond, with emphasis on the Chironomidae (Diptera). Journal of the North American Benthological Society 17: 54-72.

DeBiase, A. E., and B. E. Taylor. 1997. Aglaodiaptomus atomicus, a new species (Crustacea: Copepoda: Calanoida: Diaptomidae) from freshwater wetland ponds in South Carolina, U.S.A., and a redescription of A. saskatchewanensis (Wilson 1958). Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington 110: 569-580.

Taylor, B. E., and D. E. Scott. 1997. Effects of larval density dependence on population dynamics of Ambystoma opacum. Herpetologica 53: 132-145.

Brooks, M. J., B. E. Taylor, and J. A. Grant. 1996. Carolina bay geoarchaeology and Holocene landscape evolution on the Upper Coastal Plain of South Carolina. Geoarchaeology 11: 481-504.

Leeper, D. A., and B. E. Taylor. 1995. Plankton composition, abundance and dynamics in a severely stressed cooling reservoir. Journal of Plankton Research 17: 821-843.

Boileau, M. G., and B. E. Taylor. 1994. Chance events, habitat age, and the genetic structure of pond populations. Archiv für Hydrobiologie 132: 191-202.

DeBiase, A. E., and B. E. Taylor. 1993. New occurrences of Eurytemora affinis and Epischura fluviatilis, freshwater calanoid copepod species of the family Temoridae, in South Carolina. The American Midland Naturalist 130: 386-392.

Taylor, B. E., A. E. DeBiase, and D. L. Mahoney. 1993. Development of the zooplankton assemblage in a new cooling reservoir. Archiv für Hydrobiologie 128: 129-148.

Taylor, B. E., and W. Gabriel. 1993. Optimal adult growth of Daphnia in a seasonal environment. Functional Ecology 7: 513-521.

Taylor, B. E., and W. Gabriel. 1992. To grow or not to grow: optimal resource allocation for Daphnia. The American Naturalist 139: 248-266.

Gabriel, W., and B. E. Taylor. 1991. Optimal resource allocation in cladocerans. Internationale Vereinigung für Theoretische und Angewandte Limnologie Verhandlungen 24: 2784-2787.

Taylor, B. E., J. M. Aho, D. L. Mahoney, and R. A. Estes. 1991. Population dynamics and food habits of bluegill (Lepomis macrochirus) in a thermally stressed reservoir. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 48: 768-775.

Wyngaard, G. A., B. E. Taylor, and D. L. Mahoney. 1991. Emergence and dynamics of cyclopoid copepods in an unpredictable environment. Freshwater Biology 25: 219-232.

Mahoney, D. L., M. A. Mort, and B. E. Taylor. 1990. Species richness of calanoid copepods, cladocerans and other branchiopods in Carolina bay temporary ponds. The American Midland Naturalist 123: 244-258.

Taylor, B. E., and D. L. Mahoney. 1990. Zooplankton in Rainbow Bay, a Carolina bay pond: population dynamics in a temporary habitat. Freshwater Biology 24: 597-612.

Taylor, B. E., G. A. Wyngaard, and D. L. Mahoney. 1990. Hatching of Diaptomus stagnalis eggs from a temporary pond after a prolonged dry period. Archiv für Hydrobiologie 117: 271-278.

Taylor, B. E., D. L. Mahoney, and R. A. Estes. 1989. Zooplankton production in a Carolina bay. In R. R. Sharitz and J. W. Gibbons, editors, Freshwater Wetlands and Wildlife, pp. 425-435. CONF-8603101, DOE Symposium Series No. 61. U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Scientific and Technical Information, Oak Ridge, Tennessee.

Taylor, B. E. 1988. Analyzing population dynamics of zooplankton. Limnology and Oceanography 33: 1266-1273.

Taylor, B. E., R. A. Estes, J. H. K. Pechmann, and R. D. Semlitsch. 1988. Trophic relations in a temporary pond: larval salamanders and their microinvertebrate prey. Canadian Journal of Zoology 66: 2191-2198.

Taylor, B. E., and D. L. Mahoney. 1988. Extinction and recolonization: processes regulating zooplankton dynamics in a cooling reservoir. Internationale Vereinigung für Theoretische und Angewandte Limnologie Verhandlungen 23: 1536-1541.

Gabriel, W., B. E. Taylor, and S. Kirsch-Prokosch. 1987. Cladoceran birth and death rate estimates: experimental comparisons of egg ratio methods. Freshwater Biology 18: 361-372.

Lampert, W., W. Fleckner, H. Rai, and B. E. Taylor. 1986. Phytoplankton control by grazing zooplankton: a study on the spring clear-water phase. Limnology and Oceanography 31: 478-490.

Lampert, W., and B. E. Taylor. 1985. Zooplankton grazing in a eutrophic lake: implications of diel vertical migration. Ecology 66: 68-82.

Taylor, B. E. 1985. Effects of food limitation on growth and reproduction of Daphnia. Archiv für Hydrobiologie Beihefte, Ergebnisse der Limnologie 21: 285-296.

Taylor, B. E., and W. Gabriel. 1985. Reproductive strategies of two similar Daphnia species. Internationale Vereinigung für Theoretische und Angewandte Limnologie Verhandlungen 22: 3047-3050.

Lampert, W., and B. E. Taylor. 1984. In situ grazing rates and particle selection by zooplankton: effects of vertical migration. Internationale Vereinigung für Theoretische und Angewandte Limnologie Verhandlungen 22: 943-946.

Lampert, W., and B. E. Taylor. 1983. Kopplung von “Grazing”-Aktvität und Vertikalwanderung des Zooplanktons in einem holsteinischen See. Verhandlungen der Deutschen Zoologischen Gesellschaft 1983: 301. (Summary)

Taylor, B. E., and M. Slatkin. 1981. Estimating birth and death rates of zooplankton. Limnology and Oceanography 26: 143-158.

Taylor, B. E. 1980. Size-selective predation on zooplankton. In W. C. Kerfoot, editor, Evolution and Ecology of Zooplankton Communities, pp. 377-387. The University Press of New England, Hanover, New Hampshire.

Presentations at Professional Meetings (2007 to Present)

Taylor, B., M. Brooks, and A. Ivester. Changes in Holocene vegetation of the Sandhills: influenced by climate, driven by fire? Sandhills Symposium “Across the Border – An Archaeological and Environmental Discussion of the Sandhills Physiographic Province: A View from North and South Carolina,” North Carolina Office of State Archaeology, Pinehurst, NC, August 2011. (Invited talk)

Taylor, B. E., J. Bulak, D. Rankin, and D. Coughlan. Impact of stocking time on the forage requirements of a brown trout population. South Carolina Fisheries Workers Association and the South Carolina American Fisheries Society Joint Annual Meeting, Santee State Park, SC, February 2011.

Taylor, B. E., J. Bulak, L. McCord, and J. Morrison. The benthos of Upper Lake Marion. South Carolina Fisheries Workers Association and the South Carolina American Fisheries Society Joint Annual Meeting, Fort Johnson, SC, February 2010.

Waters, C. T., McRae, B. J., J. S. Bulak, and B. E. Taylor. Use of gill nets to monitor striped bass in reservoirs. Symposium on Inland Striped Bass Management. American Fisheries Society Annual Meeting, Knoxville, TN, August 2009.

Taylor, B. E., J. Bulak, and D. Rankin. Development of a cohort-structured, bioenergetics-based population model to assess factors affecting condition of brown trout in Lake Jocassee. South Carolina Fisheries Workers Association and the South Carolina American Fisheries Society Joint Annual Meeting, Clemson, SC, February 2009.

Taylor, B. E., M. J. Brooks, and A. H. Ivester. Holocene changes in Carolina bays. Southeastern Section, Geologic Society of America, Savannah, GA, March 2007. (Invited talk in symposium “Geology and Ecology of Carolina bays.”)

Ivester, A. H., M. J. Brooks, and B. E. Taylor. Sedimentology and ages of Carolina bay sand rims. Southeastern Section, Geologic Society of America, Savannah, GA, March 2007. (Invited talk in symposium “Geology and Ecology of Carolina bays.”)


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