Wendy Taylor

781 E. Terrace Mall, ISTB4
Faculty Research Associate (FSC)


Taylor is a Faculty Research Associate in the School of Earth and Space Exploration and a Curriculum Developer for the Immersive Virtual Field Trips (iVFT) project at ETX. She has been employed at ASU since 2006, where she served as an Instructional Specialist for NASA missions to the Moon and Mars and as the Education and Public Outreach Lead for ASU’s Astrobiology Program and the Center for Meteorite Studies. She also worked as the Education and Public Outreach Coordinator for the EarthScope National Office at ASU. Wendy began her career in research and collections at several major natural history institutions including the Paleontological Research Institution, The Field Museum and the University of Chicago. Today she divivdes her time between elearning work for the ETX and paleontological research on the evolution of early life across the Ediacaran-Cambrian boundary in northern Norway and South Africa.


1997 Ph.D., Geosciences, University of Rochester, USA
1994 M.S., Geosciences, University of Rochester, USA
1989 B.S., Geosciences, Fredonia State University of New York, USA

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Reid, M., Taylor, W.L., Bordy, E., Brett, C.E. and Hunter, A.W., 2019, Taphonomy and paleoecology of an ophiuroid-stylophoran obrution deposit from the Lower Devonian Bokkeveld Group, South Africa, Palaios 34 (4): 212–228.


Agić, H. Högström, A.E.S., Moczydlowska, M., Jensen, S., Palacios, T., Meinhold, G., Ebbestad, J.O.R., Taylor, W.L. and Høyberget, M., 2019, Organically‐preserved multicellular eukaryote from the late Neoproterozoic Nyborg Formation, Arctic Norway, Scientific Reports 9, Article number: 14659.


Mead, C., Buxner, S., Bruce, G., Taylor, W.L., Semken, S. and Anbar, A.D., 2019, Immersive, interactive virtual field trips promote science learning, Journal of Geoscience Education, DOI: 10.1080/10899995.2019.1565285.


Reid, M., Hunter, A.W., Taylor, W.L. and Bordy, E., 2019, A new genus of Protasteridae from the Lower Devonian Bokkeveld Group of South Africa, Palaeontologica Africana, 53: 66-74.


Reid, M., Bordy, E., Taylor, W.L., le Roux, S. and du Plessis, A., 2018, MicroCT scanning of fossil echinoderms: A robust and non-destructive tool for taphonomic analyses, GigaScience, 8:1-8. DOI: 10.1093/gigascience/giy156.


Jensen, S., Högström, A.E.S., Almond, J., Taylor, W.L., Meinhold, G., Høyberget, M., Jan Ove R. Ebbestad, J.O.R., Agić, H. and Palacios, T., 2018, Scratch circles from the Ediacaran and Cambrian of Arctic Norway and the Republic of South Africa, with a review of scratch circle occurrences, Bulletin of Geosciences, Czech Geological Survey, 92(3), 287-304.


Jensen, S., Högström, A.E.S., Høyberget, M., Meinhold, G., McIlroy, D., Jan Ove R. Ebbestad, J.O.R., Taylor, W.L., Agić, H. and Palacios, T., 2018, New occurrences of Palaeopascichnus from the Stahpogieddi Formation, Arctic Norway, and their bearing on the age of the Varanger Ice Age, Canadian Journal of Earth Sciences, 55: 1253-1261.


Reid, M., Bordy, E.M. and Taylor, W.L., 2015, Taphonomy and sedimentology of an echinoderm obrution bed in the Lower Devonian Voorstehoek Formation (Bokkeveld Group, Cape Supergroup) of South Africa, Journal of African Earth Sciences 110, 135-149.


Högström, A. and Taylor, W. L., 2001, The machaeridian Lepidocoleus sarlei Clarke, 1896, from the Rochester Shale (Silurian) of New York State, Palaeontology 44, 113-130.


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