Dr Lucy Taylor

Research Interests

I am a Junior Research Fellow in the Oxford Tracking Group in the Department of Zoology, University of Oxford, and a Research Associate of Save the Elephants. My main research interests centre around movement ecology, animal behaviour and human-wildlife interactions, particularly of African savannah elephants. My DPhil research investigated modulations in movement by animals in homing pigeons and African savannah elephants. 

Alongside my research, I have an avid interest in graduate student development and I have set up a mentoring programme for DPhil students in the Department of Zoology. I also published a career column in Nature providing tips to new graduate students on the “Twenty things I wish I'd known when I started my PhD”.  

Selected Publications

For an up-to-date list, please see my Google Scholar.


Williams HJ*, Taylor LA*, Benhamou S, Bijeveld AI, Clay TA, de Grissac S, Demšar U, English HM, Franconi N, Gómez-Laich A, Griffiths RC, Kay WP, Morales JM, Potts JR, Rogerson KR, Rutz C, Spelt A, Trevail AM, Wilson RP & Börger L. (2019) Optimising the use of biologging technology for enlightened studies of movement ecology. Journal of Animal Ecology.

* These authors contributed equally to this work.

Taylor LA, Vollrath F, Lambert B, Lunn D, Douglas-Hamilton I & Wittemyer G (2019) Movement reveals reproductive tactics in male elephants. Journal of Animal Ecology.

Taylor LA, Taylor GK, Lambert B, Walker JA, Biro D & Portugal SJ (2019) Birds invest wingbeats to keep a steady head and reap the ultimate benefits of flying together. PLOS Biology 17(6): e3000299

Taylor LA, Portugal SJ & Biro D (2017) Homing pigeons (Columba livia) modulate wingbeat characteristics as a function of route familiarity. Journal of Experimental Biology 220: 2908-2915

Kabadayi C, Taylor LA, von Bayern AMP & Osvath M (2016) Ravens, New Caledonian crows and jackdaws parallel great apes in motor self-regulation despite smaller brains. Royal Society Open Science 3: 160104

Taylor LA, Müller DWH, Schwitzer C, Kaiser TM, Clauss M & Schulz E (2016) Comparative analyses of tooth wear in free-ranging and captive wild equids. Equine Veterinary Journal 48: 240-245 

Schwitzer C, Mittermeier RA, Rylands AB, Taylor LA, Chiozza F, Williamson EA, Wallis J & Clark FE (eds.) (2014) Primates in peril: The world’s 25 most endangered primates 2012-2014. IUCN/SSC Primate Specialist Group (PSG), International Primatological Society (IPS), Conservation International (CI) and Bristol Zoological Society, Arlington, VA. 40pp ISBN 978-1-934151-69-3

Taylor LA, Müller DWH, Schwitzer C, Kaiser TM, Codron D, Schulz E & Clauss M (2014) Tooth wear in captive rhinoceroses (Diceros, Rhinoceros, Ceratotherium: Perissodactyla) differs from that of free-ranging conspecifics. Contributions to Zoology 83: 107-117

Taylor LA, Kaiser TM, Schwitzer C, Müller DWH, Codron D, Clauss M & Schulz E (2013) Detecting inter-cusp and inter-tooth wear patterns in rhinocerotids. PLoS ONE 8: e80921

Taylor LA & Schwitzer C (2012) Body masses of wild lemurs. Lemur News 16: 34-40