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Dr. Jimmy D. Taylor

Supervisory Wildlife Biologist

Dr. Jimmy Taylor is the Field Station and Project Leader for the USDA APHIS Wildlife Services, National Wildlife Research Center (NWRC) in Corvallis, Oregon. Dr. Taylor is also a courtesy faculty member in the College of Forestry at Oregon State University, an affiliate faculty member in the Department of Environmental Sciences at Portland State University, and an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Aquaculture at Mississippi State University.

Dr. Taylor has been stationed in Corvallis since 2010. Prior to that, he supervised the same project in Olympia, Washington from 2006 until that site was inactivated. His current research focuses on improving strategies to reduce damage by forest and aquatic mammals, integrating his experience with forestry, herbivory, habitat selection, animal movement, and behavior.. His areas of expertise include social behavior, habitat utilization, trophic interactions, and non-lethal management tools with aquatic furbearers, bears, cervids, corvids, gallinaceous birds, and rodents.

From 2002-2006, Dr. Taylor was a research wildlife biologist at the NWRC Mississippi Field Station where his research focused on identifying and reducing impacts of fish-eating birds on aquaculture and recreational fisheries. In addition to his current research with forest and aquatic mammals, he continues to collaborate with scientists on ecology and management of avian species.

Research Project: Improving Management Strategies to Reduce Damage by Forest and Aquatic Mammals

Current Research

  • Understanding beaver-salmonid relationships in the Pacific Northwest
  • Quantifying the economic impact of black bear peeling in Pacific Northwest forests
  • Improving techniques to reduce herbivory during forest stand initiation
  • Quantifying the effects of ravens on greater sage-grouse nest success


  • Ph.D., Mississippi State University, "Dynamics of amphibian, avian, and small mammal diversity on Department of Defense land in east-central Mississippi "
  • M.S., Mississippi State University, Wildlife Science, "Northern bobwhite habitat use and reproductive success in managed oldfield habitats in Mississippi"
  • B.S., Mississippi State University, Forestry and Wildlife Management


Contact Information

  • Address: Wildlife Services, NWRC Corvallis, Oregon, Field Station, 321 Richardson Hall, 3180 SW Jefferson Way, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR 97331
  • Telephone: 541-737-1353
  • E-mail:


Kline, K.N., J.D. Taylor, and A.T. Morzillo. 2018. Estimating stand-level economic impacts of black bear damage to intensively managed forests. Canadian Journal of Forest Research 48:758-765. doi: 10.1139/cjfr-2017-0314

Francis, R.A., J.D. Taylor, E. Dibble, B. Strickland, V.M. Petro, C. Easterwood, and G. Wang. 2017. Restricted cross-scale habitat selection by American beavers. Current Zoology 63(6):703-710. doi: 10.1093/cz/zox059

Taylor, J.D. 2018. Book Review: The Eurasian beaver handbook: Ecology and management of Castor fiber. The Journal of Wildlife Management 82(6):1321-1322. doi: 10.1002/jwgm.21454

Taylor, J.D., R.D. Holt, E.K. Orning, and J.K. Young. 2017. Greater sage-grouse nest survival in Northwestern Wyoming. The Journal of Wildlife Management. Online. doi: 10.1002/jwmg.21296

Petro, V.M., J.D. Taylor, and D.M. Sanchez. 2015. Evaluating landowner-based  beaver relocation as a tool to restore salmon habitat. Global Ecology and Conservation 3:477-486.  doi: 10.1016/j.gecco.2015.01.001.

Taylor, J. A. Morzillo, and A. Anderson. 2014. Estimating the total economic impact of the black bear peeling in western Oregon using GIS and REMI. Proceedings of the 26th Vertebrate Pest Conference 26:419-422.  

Taylor, J. 2014. Evaluating SeaDust Controllant as a repellent to reduce deer browse on Douglas-fir seedlings. Proceedings of the 26th Vertebrate Pest Conference 26:367-369.  

Sheffels, T.R., M.D. Sytsma, J. Carter, and J.D. Taylor. 2014. Efficacy of plastic mesh tubes in reducing herbivory damage by the invasive nutria (Myocastor coypus) in an urban restoration site. Northwest Science 88(4):269-279. doi: 10.3955/046.088.0403.

McClintic, L.F., J.D. Taylor, J.C. Jones, R.D. Singleton, and G. Wang. 2014. Effects of spatiotemporal resource heterogeneity on home range size of American beaver. Journal of Zoology 293(2):134-141.  doi: 10.1111/jzo.12128.

Taylor, J.D. and R.D. Singleton. 2014. The evolution of flow devices used to reduce flooding by beavers: A review. Wildlife Society Bulletin 38(1):127-133.  doi: 10.1002/wsb.363.

Taylor, J. 2013. Effects of Black-tailed deer and Roosevelt elk herbivory in intensively managed Douglas-fir plantations. Western Forester 58(2): 4-5.

Taylor, J., D. Sphar, and G. Ahrens. 2013. Identifying and managing mountain beaver damage to forest resources. Oregon State University Extension Service EM 9063.

Taylor, J.D. 2013. Wildlife in managed forests: An overview of perspectives from the Pacific Northwest. Forest Ecology and Management 310: 1027-1028. doi: 10.1016/j.foreco.2013.10.024.



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