Daisy Taylor


On fieldwork in Trinidad

Position: Post-doctoral research assistant

Current project:   I have just started work as the post-doctoral researcher on an exciting NERC-funded project to determine the molecular basis of sociality and caste determination in five tropical wasp species. This fundamental research will use a combination of behavioural fieldwork, molecular biology, next-generation sequencing and bioinformatics to determine the link between genotype and phenotype and help progress our understanding of the evolution of sociality.

Research interests: My major research aim is to utilise the power of new sequencing technologies to investigate how the genome, transcriptome and proteome link to phenotypic changes. I am interested in how we can combine data from genomics, proteomics, biochemistry and behavioural experiments to take a systems biology approach to understanding how phenotypic innovations arise. I feel this is an increasingly important aspect of biology which requires researchers to be trained in multi-disciplinary approaches so that these techniques can be utilised to their full potential.


2014-Present: Post-doctoral Research Assistant , University of Bristol

2012-2013: Travelled through Asia, Australia, New Zealand and South America

2008-2012: PhD Investigating the effects of metal contamination on gene transcription in Saccostrea glomerata, Macquarie University, Sydney

2009-2012: Demonstrator for undergraduate biology students in Genetics and Ecology, Macquarie University, Sydney

2007-2008: Editorial Assistant for the Society of Endocrinology, Bristol UK

2005-2006: Masters degree in Aquatic Ecotoxicology, Plymouth University UK

2005: Scientific Officer for Coral Cay Coservation, Malaysia

2001-2004: BSc (2.1) Hons. Marine Biology & Coastal Ecology, Plymouth University, UK


D. A. Taylor, E. L. Thompson, K. Anderson, S. V. Nair & D. A. Raftos (2015) Meta-analysis of Environmental Stress and Gene Transcription in Oysters.  PLOSone.

D. A. Taylor, E. L. Thompson, S. V. Nair & D. A. Raftos (2014) Dose-dependent effects of metals on gene expression in the Sydney Rock Oyster, Saccostrea glomerata. Environmental Toxicology doi: 10.1002/tox.21972

D. A. Taylor, E. L. Thompson, S. V. Nair & D. A. Raftos (2013) Differential effects of metal contamination on the transcript expression of immune- and stress-response genes in the Sydney Rock oyster, Saccostrea glomerata. Environmental Pollution 178: 65-71. doi: 10.1016/j.envpol.2013.02.02

E. L. Thompson, D. A. Taylor, S. V. Nair, G. Birch, R. Coleman & D. A. Raftos (2012) Optimal acclimation periods for oysters in laboratory-based experiments. Journal of Molluscan Studies. 78(3):304-307 doi: 10.1093/mollus/eys012 – (Joint 1st authorship)

E. L. Thompson, D. A. Taylor, S. V. Nair, G. Birch, P. Haynes & D. A. Raftos (2012) Proteomic discovery of biomarkers of metal contamination in Sydney Rock oysters (Saccostrea glomerata). Aquatic Toxicology 109:202-212 doi: 10.1016/j.aquatox.2011.09.018

E. L. Thompson, D. A. Taylor, S. V. Nair, G. Birch, G. C. Hose & D. A. Raftos (2012) Proteomic analysis of Sydney Rock oysters (Saccostrea glomerata) exposed to metal contamination in the field. Environmental Pollution 170:102-112 doi: 10.1016/j.envpol.2012.06.015

E. L. Thompson, D. A. Taylor, S. V. Nair, G. Birch, P. Haynes & D. A. Raftos (2011) A proteomic analysis of the effects of metal contamination on Sydney Rock Oyster (Saccostrea glomerata) haemolymph. Aquatic Toxicology 103(3-4)241-249 doi: 10.1016/j.aquatox.2011.03.004

Other interests: I am a PADI open water scuba diving instructor and have designed and developed a lecture series on marine conservation and species identification. I have given talks for EcoDivers (Aus), the Sydney Institue of Marine Science (Aus) and the Marine Conservation Society (UK).