William W. Taylor, PhD

William Taylor

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University Distinguished Professor in Global Fisheries Systems
Center for Systems Integration and Sustainability


Areas of Expertise:

Great Lakes fisheries ecology, population dynamics and management. U.S.- Canada fishery resource policy and management. Integration of environmental policy and management from a local to global perspective.


Bill Taylor is an internationally recognized expert in Great Lakes fisheries ecology, population dynamics, governance, and management. Throughout his career, Taylor has been active in the American Fisheries Society, serving as president of the society, the Michigan Chapter, and the North Central Division. Currently, he holds a U.S. Presidential appointment as a U.S. Commissioner (alternate) for the Great Lakes Fishery Commission. Recently, he has been named to the inaugural class of the American Fisheries Society Fellows Program.

In 2014 he was inducted into the Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame.taylorcatch

In addition, he has held a gubernatorial appointment to Michigan’s Aquatic Nuisance Species Coordinating Council, and a U.S. Secretary of Interior appointment to the Sport Fishing and Boating Partnership Council, which he chaired for eight years. He was also the associate director of the Michigan Sea Grant College Program. Taylor has received numerous awards and published extensively in the scientific literature (>130 articles) and has co-edited six books, including the first edition of this publication on Great Lakes fishery policy and management.

Taylor has a keen interest in environmental policy and management from a local to global perspective.


American Fisheries Society, American Institute of Fishery Research Biologists, American Society of Zoologists, Association for Canadian Studies in the United States, Beta Beta Beta Biological Society, International Association of Limnology, International Association for Great Lakes Research, Sigma Xi


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