Biology professor honoured for career achievements

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Professor Emeritus William TaylorProfessor Emeritus William Taylor has won the 2013 Career Achievement Award from the Canadian Council of University Biology Chairs. This award recognizes his tremendous contributions to the field of biology, teaching and university service.

Taylor is globally recognized as an expert within many areas of aquatic biology and the human effects on water quality. From the local Grand River System to the distant East African Lakes and Three Gorges Reservoir, the impact of his research has crossed continents. His work has led to more than 100 publications, an h-index of over 28 and a number of government reports.

In the classroom, Taylor has inspired hundreds of students and often taught courses outside of his discipline. Many of today’s top ecologists in Canada have worked in Taylor’s lab as students, postdoctoral fellows and visitors. Additionally, his students and colleagues have nominated him for the 2013-2014 University Excellence in Graduate Supervision Award.

“As a faculty member in the Department since 1981, including service as Chair, Bill has had a major influence on several generations of researchers and has contributed immensely to building the Department of Biology,” said Chair David Rose.

Taylor has served the University of Waterloo in several critical leadership roles throughout his career, as Biology Department Chair, Associate Dean for Graduate Studies and Associate Dean of Research. Generous with his time and support, he has served on numerous journal editorial boards and as a scientific advisor to both Canadian and international government agencies.

Thank you and congratulations Prof. William Taylor on your award!