Taylor was born in Philadelphia. He received a BS degree in Zoology
from Pennsylvania State University and a MS degree in Physiology from
the University of Pennsylvania. He taught biology and related subjects
for over two decades at the college, high school, and middle school
levels. Teaching gave Taylor great satisfaction, but he never appreciated
having to give (or receive) grades; they do not belong in education.
While teaching, he amassed a collection of birds and snakes with which
he gave lectures. His interest in animals eventually led to a zoo career.
Taylor was curator in three zoos located in Puerto Rico, Oklahoma City
and El Paso, Texas. In El Paso, Taylor saw the movie, “Conrack,”
adapted from Pat Conroy’s novel The River is Wide. Most
of the movie was filmed along the Georgia coast, and the sheer beauty
of the area made a deep impression on Taylor which eventually led him
and his family to the coast of Georgia.
Taylor became a Marine Education Specialist with the University of
Georgia Marine Extension Service in Brunswick. For twelve years, he
offered a wide range of coastal education programs throughout the Southeast.
Taylor was instrumental in establishing three environmental education
centers along the coast of Georgia, and most of these still offer a full range
of marine education programs. Even though there were a few publications that included natural history of the coast, Taylor wanted books that emphasized the natural living communities and geology of this area. He envisioned books with abundant pencil drawings strategically placed throughout the text to clearly convey information and attract the reader to want to learn more.
List of Publications
A Field Guide to Jekyll Island, Georgia Sea Grant College
Program, University of Georgia, 1983. (Out of print)
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