Dr Lucy Taylor

Lucy Taylor
Junior Research Fellow in Biology


BSc (Hons) Animal Science (2010), MSc by Research (2013), DPhil (2018)

Academic Background

I took a slightly unusual route through the education system. Instead of completing A-levels, I studied for a vocational National Diploma in Horse Management at Hartpury College. After encouragement from my lecturers, I went on to complete a BSc (Hons) Animal Science also at Hartpury College (University of the West of England) and an MSc by Research at the University of Bristol in collaboration with Bristol Zoological Society (Bristol Zoo), the University of Zurich and the University of Hamburg. I completed my DPhil in the Department of Zoology, University of Oxford, in 2018 as part of Oxford's Interdisciplinary Bioscience Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) programme funded by BBSRC. My DPhil research investigated modulations in movement by homing pigeons and African savannah elephants.

Research Interests

My main research interests centre around movement ecology, animal behaviour and human-wildlife interactions, particularly of African savannah elephants.

Publications Include:

For an up-to-date list, please see my Google Scholar page.

Williams HJ*, Taylor LA*, Benhamou S, Bijeveld AI, Clay TA, de Grissac S, Demšar U, English HM, Franconi N, Gómez-Laich A, Griffiths RC, Kay WP, Morales JM, Potts JR, Rogerson KR, Rutz C, Spelt A, Trevail AM, Wilson RP & Börger L. (2019) Optimising the use of biologging technology for enlightened studies of movement ecology. Journal of Animal Ecology.
* These authors contributed equally to this work.

Taylor LA, Vollrath F, Lambert B, Lunn D, Douglas-Hamilton I & Wittemyer G (2019) Movement reveals reproductive tactics in male elephants. Journal of Animal Ecology.

Taylor LA, Taylor GK, Lambert B, Walker JA, Biro D & Portugal SJ (2019) Birds invest wingbeats to keep a steady head and reap the ultimate benefits of flying together. PLOS Biology 17(6): e3000299

Taylor LA, Portugal SJ & Biro D (2017) Homing pigeons (Columba livia) modulate wingbeat characteristics as a function of route familiarity. Journal of Experimental Biology 220: 2908-2915

Kabadayi C, Taylor LA, von Bayern AMP & Osvath M (2016) Ravens, New Caledonian crows and jackdaws parallel great apes in motor self-regulation despite smaller brains. Royal Society Open Science 3: 160104

Taylor LA, Müller DWH, Schwitzer C, Kaiser TM, Clauss M & Schulz E (2016) Comparative analyses of tooth wear in free-ranging and captive wild equids. Equine Veterinary Journal 48: 240-245

Schwitzer C, Mittermeier RA, Rylands AB, Taylor LA, Chiozza F, Williamson EA, Wallis J & Clark FE (eds.) (2014) Primates in peril: The world’s 25 most endangered primates 2012-2014. IUCN/SSC Primate Specialist Group (PSG), International Primatological Society (IPS), Conservation International (CI) and Bristol Zoological Society, Arlington, VA. 40pp ISBN 978-1-934151-69-3

Taylor LA, Müller DWH, Schwitzer C, Kaiser TM, Codron D, Schulz E & Clauss M (2014) Tooth wear in captive rhinoceroses (Diceros, Rhinoceros, Ceratotherium: Perissodactyla) differs from that of free-ranging conspecifics. Contributions to Zoology 83: 107-117

Taylor LA, Kaiser TM, Schwitzer C, Müller DWH, Codron D, Clauss M & Schulz E (2013) Detecting inter-cusp and inter-tooth wear patterns in rhinocerotids. PLoS ONE 8: e80921

Taylor LA & Schwitzer C (2012) Body masses of wild lemurs. Lemur News 16: 34-40


Alongside my research, I have an avid interest in graduate student development. I set up a mentoring programme for DPhil students in the Department of Zoology and published a career column in Nature providing tips to new graduate students on the “Twenty things I wish I'd known when I started my PhD” (https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-018-07332-x