Daniel R. Taylor is a fellow of the Rob and Bessie Welder Wildlife Foundation pursuing a Master of Range and Wildlife Science at the Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute at Texas A&M University-Kingsville. Daniel’s research focuses on the connectivity of bobcat populations in South Texas with an emphasis on their response to habitat fragmentation in the Lower Rio Grande Valley. He uses non-invasive scat sampling to collect genetic samples across 14 study areas, which involves collaboration between the Welder Wildlife Foundation, East Foundation, The Nature Conservancy, and Texas Parks and Wildlife. His research interests include population genetics, carnivore ecology, and the effects of environmental disturbances on the conservation of mammals.
Daniel grew up in Baltimore, Maryland and received his Bachelor of Science in Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology from Colorado State University. In the future, he would like to work as a biologist for a state agency or as an assistant lab manager before pursuing a Ph.D.