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.

Taylor retired from the University to produce the kind of books he envisioned, which are presented on this website. Aside from writing each book, which takes five to seven years to produce, he conducts field trips for classes, civic groups and interested residents. Taylor composes songs about God and nature and is a music minister in his church. He also enjoys raising orchids which he and his wife display in the church for Sunday Mass. Over the years as tide and wind permitted, Taylor often sailed his Laser (a racing-class sailboat) in the backwaters of the Altamaha River. Taylor and Marie have four sons, Christopher, John, David and Steven.

List of Publications

A Field Guide to Jekyll Island, Georgia Sea Grant College Program, University of Georgia, 1983. (Out of print)

A Field Guide to Sea Island, Georgia Sea Grant College Program, University of Georgia, 1987. (Out of print)

"A Study Approach to the Georgia Coast," Unit 1, "The Ocean Beach," Unit 2, "A Profile of a Salt Marsh," Unit 3, "Organisms of the Dock," Georgia Sea Grant College Program, University of Georgia, 1988.

"The Blue Crab," (videotape), Georgia Sea Grant College Program, University of Georgia, 1989.

A Naturalist's Guide to St. Simons Island, © H. E. Taylor Schoettle, Watermarks Publishing and Printing, St. Simons Island, Georgia, 1993.

A Guide to a Georgia Barrier Island, © H. E. Taylor Schoettle, Watermarks Publishing and Printing, St. Simons Island, Georgia, 1996.

A Naturalist's Guide to the Okefenokee Swamp, © H. E. Taylor Schoettle, Darien Printing and Graphics, Darien, Georgia, 2002.

A Beachcomber's Guide to Georgia's Barrier Islands, © H. E. Taylor Schoettle, produced by Swamp Fox Media and printed by Creative Printing, Inc. Brunswick Georgia, 2012.


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