- PhD (Zoology, Marine Ecology). University of Canterbury, 2002
Role at Cawthron
David is a marine ecologist with specialist expertise in the following areas:
- aquaculture – effects on marine ecology
- recovery and resilience of benthic marine communities
- coastal rocky shore ecology – links with nearshore oceanography
- ecology and ecotoxicology of Pleurobranchaea maculata (sea slug) – New Zealand's most toxic marine animal.
David is a project manager for large-scale multidisciplinary projects including:
- coastal plan-change applications for finfish farming
- assessments of ecological affects for the aquaculture and oil industries
- risks of tetrodotoxin to kaimoana, with Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga.
David has also co-supervised two Masters students.
Technical skills, experience and interests
- Project manager – multidisciplinary projects
- Ecological impact assessments
- Assessments of ecological effects – benthic marine ecology
- Community recovery and resilience
- Nearshore oceanographic processes – coastal dispersal
- New Zealand Marine Sciences Society
View David's ResearchGate profile
- Forrest BM, Cornelisen CD, Clement D, Keeley N and Taylor DI 2015. Monitoring framework for the Waikato coastal marine area: Report 2–Regional aquaculture monitoring priorities and guidance. Prepared for Waikato Regional Council. 67 pages.
- Taylor DI, Doehring KAM, Sinner J and Smith H 2015. Ōhau Loop Phase 2: Enhancing knowledge of inanga habitat. Prepared for Taiao Raukawa and Manaaki Taha Moana. 19 pages.
- Knight BR, Keeley N and Taylor DI 2014. Aquaculture effects modelling in the Hauraki Gulf. Cawthron Report 2423. Prepared for Waikato Regional Council. 36 pages plus appendices.
- Kohr S, Wood SA, Salvitti L, Taylor DI, Adamson J, McNabb P and Cary SC 2014. Investigating diet as the source of tetrodotoxin in Pleurobranchaea maculata. Marine Drugs 12(1), 1-16 doi:10.3390/md12010001.
- Clark D, Newcombe EM, Forrest RW, Keeley N, Taylor DI, Goodwin E and Jiang W 2012. Stage one development of subzones (I) and (K) in Tasman Bay AMA 3: Summary Report - Addendum. Cawthron Report 2176A. Prepared for Tasman Mussels Limited and Tasman Bay Ring Road Farming Limited. 70 pages plus appendices.
- Clark D, Newcombe EM, Forrest RW, Keeley N, Taylor DI, Goodwin E and Jiang W 2012. Stage one development of subzones (P) and (Q) in Golden Bay AMA 2: Summary Report. Prepared for Golden Bay Ring Road Farming Ltd. 73 pages plus appendices.
- Taylor DI and Schiel DR 2010. Algal population structure controlled by fish herbivory across a wave exposure gradient on southern temperate shores. Ecology, 91(1): 201-211.
- Taylor DI, Delaux S, Stevens CL, Nokes RI and Schiel DR 2010. Settlement rates of macroalgal propagules: cross-species comparisons of settlement in a turbulent environment. Limnology and Oceanography, 55(1): 66-76.
- McNabb P, Selwood AI, van Ginkel, R, Holland PT, MacKenzie LA, Rhodes L, Wood SA, Taylor DI, Cornelisen CD, Heasman KG , Munday R and King C 2010. Detection of Tetrodotoxin from the grey sided-gilled sea slug - Pleurobranchaea maculata, and associated dog neurotoxicosis on beaches adjacent to the Hauraki Gulf, Auckland, New Zealand. Toxicon 56, 466-473.
- Stevens CL, Schiel DR, Taylor DI, Smith MJ and Delaux S 2008. Characterisation of wave-influenced macroalgal propagule settlement. Journal of Marine Systems. 74(1-2): 96-107.
- Schiel DR, Wood SA, Dunmore R and Taylor DI 2006. Sediment on rocky intertidal reefs: effects on early post-settlement stages of habitat-forming seaweeds. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology, 331, 158-172.
- Taylor DI and Schiel DR 2005. Self replacement and community modification by the southern bull kelp Durvillaea antarctica (Chamisso) Hariot. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 288: 87-102.