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PhD in Ecology. 2015-Present. University of Florida, Gainesville, FL <> White Lab
Research: Forecasting in ecology

BS in Ecology and Conservation Biology. 2012. University of Idaho, Moscow, ID

AS in Computer Networking. 2005. Truckee Meadows Community College, Reno, NV


Google Scholar

Taylor, S.D., J.M. Meiners, K. Riemer, M.C. Orr, E.P White. 2019. Comparison of large-scale citizen science data and long-term study data for phenology modeling. Ecology[Preprint,Code]

Harris, D.J., S.D. Taylor, E.P. White. 2018. Forecasting biodiversity in breeding birds using best practices. PeerJ, 6:e4278 [ Code, Code Archive, Preprint]

White, E.P., G.M. Yenni, S.D. Taylor, E.M. Christensen, E.K. Bledsoe, J.L. Simonis, S.K.M. Ernest. In press. Developing an automated iterative near-term forecasting system for an ecological study. Methods in Ecology and Evolution [Website, Data, Code, Preprint]


Taylor, SD and White, EP, 2019. Automated data-intensive forecasting of plant phenology throughout the United States. bioRxiv, p.634568.

Taylor, SD. 2019. Estimating transition dates from status-based phenology observations: a test of methods. PeerJ Preprints 7:e27629v1

Taylor, SD. 2018. “NEON NIST Data Science Evaluation Challenge: Methods and Results of Team Shawn.” PeerJ Preprints 6: e26967v1.


Christensen, E.M., Yenni, G.M., Ye, H., Simonis, J.L., Bledsoe, E.K., Diaz, R., Taylor, S.D., White, E.P. and Ernest, S.M. 2019. portalr: An R Package for Summarizing and Using the Portal Project Data. Journal of Open Source Software 4 (33): 1098.

Taylor, S.D. 2018. pyPhenology: A python framework for plant phenology modelling. The Journal of Open Source Software 3: 827.

McGlinn, D., H. Senyondo, S.D. Taylor, M. Pohlman, and E.P. White. 2015-present. rdataretriever: R Interface to the Data Retriever.

Posters & Presentations

Taylor, S.D. and White, E.P. 2018. Evaluation of a near term plant phenology forecast. Phenology Conference 2018. Melbourne, VIC, Australia. Best Student Poser

Taylor, S.D. and White, E.P. 2018. Evaluation of a near term plant phenology forecast. F1000Research, 7:1274 (poster) (

Taylor, S.D. and White, E.P. 2016. Ecological Forecasting and Scale. Gordon Research Conference: Unifying Ecology Across Scales. University of New England. Biddeford, ME. (Poster)

Taylor, S.D. and Newingham, B.A. 2012. Influences of soil and spatial properties on Bromus tectorum distribution after fire. Annual Meeting of the Society of Range Management, Spokane, WA. (Presentation)

Invited Talks

Ecological Forecasting: Concepts, Recommendations, and Examples. LTER Metacommunities Working Group. Boulder, CO. Nov. 5, 2018. Organizer: Eric R. Sokol

Workshops Tought

7 Week Data carpentry workshop Jan. 1 - March 8 Blog Post
Data Carpentry, Utah State University, September 29-30, 2017
Software Carpentry, University of Florida, May 25-26, 2017
Data Carpentry, University of Florida, October 17-18, 2016
Software Carpentry, University of Florida, August 17-18, 2016

Work Experience

Lab Manager | Agricultural Research Station | Dr. Beth Newingham | Reno, NV
May - August 2015

Biological Science Technician | U.S. Forest Service | Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Utah
May - October 2012, April 2013 - November 2014

Systems Engineer | Bright Technologies | Reno, NV

Certifications & Trainings

Near Term Ecological Forecasting Workshop Boston, Massachusetts - (7/2018)

Instructor Training Data Carpentry - (7/2016)

Honors & Grants

2017 NSF GRFP Honorable Mention
2016 Carl Storm Underrepresented Minority Fellowship (Travel Grant)
2012 Outstanding Ecology and Conservation Biology Nominated
2012 Henry & Ingeborg Legoll Scholarship
2011 Research Award for Undergraduates NSF Idaho EPSCoR


R, Python, SQL, Git, ArcGIS, QGIS, UNIX/Linux, parallel programming, high performance clusters.
Botany. Fluency in most plants of the Western U.S. Expert in the Inland Northwest.