Dr. Taylor is a true interdisciplinary academic.  Holding degrees in Environmental Science and Environmental Studies from some of the nation’s top natural resource schools, he has developed a broad perspective on contemporary environmental issues.  By applying both social and natural science research methods to his public policy studies he has acquired a comprehensive understanding of local environmental issues facing people all across the nation.  In addition to his academic pursuits, Dr. Taylor has enjoyed a successful career as an environmental planner, policy-maker and manager for every level of government.  Enthusiastic about his responsibility at Purchase College to train the next generation of environmental professionals, he regularly brings his own real-world experiences into the classroom and makes every effort to expose his students to the types of practical challenges they will face as they pursue their environmental careers. In particular, Dr. Taylor specifically enjoys teaching students how to construct sophisticated environmental models using Geographic Information Systems.  Students who take Dr. Taylor's classes report they enjoy his high-energy lectures and are challenged to grow in their understanding of both the physical and political world around them as they seek to find solutions to some of the world’s most persistent environmental problems.   

Areas of expertise
Environmental Policy, Geographic Information Systems, Water Resource Assessment, Natural Resource Management, Environmental Modeling

Natural science research interests
Wetland Regulation & Restoration; Wetland Hydrology; Fluvial Geomorphology; Riparian Habitat Evaluation & Restoration; Aquatic Resource Impact Analysis

Social science research interests
Environmental Politics, Policy, & Law; Natural Resource Program Assessment; GIS in Natural Resource Management; Federalism & Intergovernmental Relations; Watershed Management & Planning; Local & Statewide Land Use Regulation

Ph.D., Environmental Science
Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon (2006)

M.A., Environmental Studies-Administration*
University of Illinois, Springfield, Illinois (1998)
*Graduated with Honors (3.98 GPA)

B.S., Biology-Environmental Studies
Mount Vernon Nazarene College, Mount Vernon, Ohio (1996)

Political Science/Biology Programs**
University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio (1992-1994)
**Deans Listed Scholar

Professional positions held
Asst. Professor of Environmental Studies - Purchase College:  Purchase, New York (Present)
Adjunct Professor of Science - Rogue Community College:  Medford, Oregon (2005-2007)
Graduate Teaching Assistant - Oregon State University:  Corvallis, Oregon (2002-2004)
Hydrologic Technician – US Bureau of Land Management: Medford, Oregon (2006-2008)
Biological Sciences Technician - US Department of Agriculture: Medford, Oregon (2005)
Physical Scientist - US Environmental Protection Agency: Corvallis, Oregon (2004)
Stream Research Assistant - Oregon State University: Corvallis, Oregon (2003)
Watershed Coordinator - Clermont SWCD: Owensville, Ohio (2000-2002)
Wetlands Administrator - Illinois Dept. of Natural Resources: Springfield, Illinois (1999-2000)
Resources Specialist – Illinois Dept. of Natural Resources: Springfield, Illinois (1998-1999)
Graduate Public Service Intern - University of Illinois: Springfield, Illinois (1996-1998)

Selected honors and awards
Jr. Faculty Development Award (2012)
Lucile Werlinich Endowment for Environmental Studies Research (2010)
Robert O. Fehr Research Professorship (2008-2009)
US Bureau of Land Management Outstanding Service Award (2008)
US Bureau of Land Management Merit Award (2007)
AFSCME Oregon Council #75 Scholarship (2005-2006)
Oregon Sports Lottery Scholarship (2005)
Donna Danner Memorial Scholarship (2004)
Rube and Minah Leslie Scholarship (2004)
Pastor's Eagle Award for Leadership (2000)
Distinction Scholarship (1995)
Honors Scholarship (1994)