Mackenzie L. Taylor, BA, PhD
Mackenzie L. Taylor, BA, PhD

Mackenzie L. Taylor, BA, PhD

Associate Professor
College of Arts and Sciences

Academic Appointments

Department

  • Biology

Position

  • Associate Professor

Teaching Activity

  • General Biology
  • General Botany
  • Plant Diversity and Evolution
  • Women in Science

Biography

Dr. Mackenzie L. Taylor joined the Department of Biology in 2011 after receiving her Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolution from the University of Tennessee – Knoxville. Dr. Taylor is a botanist whose research focuses on reproductive biology in flowering plants, primarily pollen development. She offers courses in Botany and Plant Evolution and is a regular contributor to Creighton’s General Biology courses. Dr. Taylor is currently the editor of Plant Science Bulletin. A native of Stuart, Nebraska, Dr. Taylor received her B.A. from Truman State University in 2005.

Education

  • PhD in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology; University of Tennessee - Knoxville 2011
  • BA in Biology; Truman State University 2005

Publications and Presentations

Articles

  • Taylor M.L., R.L. Cooper, EL. Schneider, J.M. Osborn. 2015. Pollen structure and development in Nymphaeales: Insights into character evolution in an ancient angiosperm lineage., American Journal of Botany, 102, 1685 –1702, 2015
  • Williams, Joseph H., Taylor, Mackenzie L., O'Meara, Brian C. Repeated Evolution of Tricellular (And Bicellular) Pollen, American Journal of Botany, 101, 559-571, 2014
  • Taylor, Mackenzie L., Hudson, Patrick J., Rigg, Jolene M., Strandquist, Julie N., Green, Julie S., Thiemann, Tara C., Osborn, Jeffrey M. Pollen Ontogeny in Victoria (Nymphaeales), International journal of plant sciences, 174, 1259-1276, 2013
  • Taylor, Mackenzie L., Hudson, Patrick J., Rigg, Jolene M., Strandquist, Julie N., Schwartz Green, Julie, Thiemann, Tara C., Osborn, Jeffrey M. Tapetum structure and ontogeny in Victoria (Nymphaeaceae), Grana, 51, 107-118, 2012
  • Taylor, M. L., Williams, J. H. Pollen tube development in two species of Trithuria (Hydatellaceae) with contrasting breeding systems, Sexual plant reproduction, 25, 83-96, 2012

Presentations

  • Giffei, B.L., C.L. Dang, K. M. Altrichter, A.E. Wilden, and M.L. Taylor. 2016. Post-pollination development in Ruppia maritima (Ruppiaceae, Alismatales). Botanical Society of America; Savannah, GA., 2016
  • Mullally, H.L., T. Burk, & M.L. Taylor. 2016. Orange sulphur butterflies, Colias eurytheme, acquire substantial amounts of pollen when visiting prairie flowers. Nebraska Academy of Sciences. Lincoln, NE. (talk), 2016
  • Giffei, B.L., C. L. Dang & M.L. Taylor. 2016. Characterization of the progamic phase in Ruppia maritima. Nebraska Academy of Sciences. Lincoln, NE. (talk), 2016
  • Dang, C.L., B.L. Giffei, & M.L. Taylor. 2016. Reproductive development in the aquatic species Ruppia maritima. Nebraska Academy of Sciences. Lincoln, NE. (talk), 2016
  • Osborn, J.M. & M.L. Taylor. 2015. The pollen life cycle in Nymphaeales: from microsporogenesis to fertilization. Botanical Society of America; Edmonton, Canada (invited talk), 2015
  • Taylor, M.L, M.C. McGlynn, E. Manke and D. Cooley. 2015. Post-pollination development in Nymphaeaceae: consequences of flower evolution. Botanical Society of America; Edmonton, Canada (invited talk), 2015
  • McGlynn, M.C. & M.L. Taylor. 2015. The pollen tube pathway in Victoria: implications for flower evolution in water lilies (Nymphaeaceae). Nebraska Academy of Sciences. Lincoln, NE. (talk), 2015
  • Altrichter, K.M. & M.L. Taylor. 2015. Pollen and post-pollination development in Ruppia maritima. Nebraska Academy of Sciences. Lincoln, NE. (talk), 2015
  • Taylor, M.L.& J.M. Osborn 2014. Comparative pollen structure and development in aquatic angiosperms. European Paleobotanical and Palynological Conference, Padua, Italy. (invited talk)., 2014
  • Taylor, M.L., R.L. Cooper, E.L. Schneider, & J.M. Osborn. 2014. Pollen structure and development in Nymphaeales (water lilies): insights into character evolution in an ancient angiospern lineage.Botanical Society of America; Boise, ID. (talk), 2014
  • Williams J.H., M.L. Taylor, & B.C. O’Meara. 2014 Repeated evolution of tricellular (and bicellular) pollen. Botanical Society of America; Boise, ID. (talk), 2014
  • Aeilts, L., K. Altrichter, & M.L. Taylor. 2014. Pollen structure and development in Ruppia maritima (Alismatales). Botanical Society of America; Boise, ID. (poster), 2014
  • Aeilts, L. & M. L. Taylor. 2014. Pollen development in Ruppia maritima. Nebraska Academy of Sciences. Lincoln, NE. (talk), 2014
  • Cooley, D. & M.L. Taylor. 2013. Post-­pollination processes in Nuphar. Nebraska Academy of Sciences. Lincoln, NE. (talk), 2013
  • Taylor, M.L. & J.M. Osborn 2012. Pollen structure and development in Nymphaeales: Insights into exine evolution in an ancient angiosperm lineage. 13th International Palynological Congress/9th International Organization of Palaeobotany Conference. Tokyo, Japan (invited talk), 2012
  • Taylor, M.L. & J.M. Osborn. 2012. Pollen development and pollen tube growth in Victoria (Nymphaeales). Botanical Society of America; Columbus, OH. (talk), 2012
  • Taylor, M.L. & J.H. Williams. 2011. Reproductive life history variation and breeding systems in Trithuria (Hydatellaceae). 18th International Botanical Congress; Melbourne, Australia (invited talk)., 2011

Research and Scholarship

Research and Scholarship Interests

  • Evolution of plant reproductive development Pollen morphology and development Pollination biology Flowering plant diversification

Current Research Projects

  • Pollen development in aquatic angiosperms