Taylor Daley earned her B.S. in Marine Science from the University of Delaware, with a minor in Public Policy in 2015. During her time at the University of Delaware, Taylor participated in undergraduate research working in the Ocean Exploration, Remote Sensing and Biogeography Laboratory comparing Advanced Very High Resolution Radiometer (AVHRR) satellite data with buoy sea surface temperature data from stations along the entire Atlantic Coast, to determine the accuracy of data received from the AVHRR satellites. After graduating, Taylor worked for Delaware Fish and Wildlife as a biological aid on Delaware’s Juvenile Trawl Survey. Through this work Taylor gained experience in fishery independent data collection, as well as age and growth techniques.
Taylor began working as a technician at the University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast Research Laboratory over the summer of 2016. Her work included gathering data for a diet matrix study on species in the northern Gulf of Mexico. She transitioned to the graduate program as a master’s student in August 2016 under the advisement of Dr. Robert Leaf. Her thesis research focuses on the biostatistical and fishery characteristics of Atlantic Chub Mackerel (Scomber colias) from the New England and Mid-Atlantic regions. Life-history characteristics, such as growth dynamics and reproductive characteristics are the main focus of this project funded by the Science Center for Marine Fisheries.
To learn more about Taylor’s progress check out here thesis defense presentation and education spotlight for SCeMFiS.
Taylor’s presentation to 6th International Otolith Symposium 2018