UNCW Professor Alison Taylor Selected as Fellow of the Marine Biological Association

Tuesday, June 02, 2020

Alison Taylor, a professor in the Department of Biology and Marine Biology, has been selected to receive the title of Fellow of the Marine Biological Association for her contributions to the discipline.

The title is awarded in recognition of distinguished and long-term contributions to marine biology at the highest level, in areas that include research, education, outreach, or professional and public service.

Taylor’s research focuses on the fundamental biology of marine protists (single-celled organisms). She investigates the cellular biology of two groups of phytoplankton, which are part of the base of the marine food web and have a critical role in ocean biogeochemistry. Taylor has published research in many of the premier science journals and her discoveries are having a large effect on the field, said Stuart Borrett, associate provost for research and innovation.

“This is an impressive honor in recognition of Dr. Taylor’s sustained outstanding marine biological research, teaching, service, and overall contributions to the discipline,” said Borrett.

Taylor serves as the director of the UNCW Richard Dillaman Microscopy Laboratory that supports multiple research and applied learning projects. She also serves as a mentor for post-graduate students in the UNCW Marine Biology Ph.D. program.

Members of the Marine Biological Association are part of a dedicated community working to promote research into all aspects of life in the sea. The association is a professional body for marine scientists with about 1,600 members worldwide. Since 1884, the MBA has established itself as a leading marine biological research organization contributing to the work of several Nobel Laureates and over 170 Fellows of the Royal Society. The association is based at its world-class marine research laboratory in Plymouth, United Kingdom.

-- Venita Jenkins