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Meet Phillip Taylor

ESA is delighted to receive a pledge and challenge gift of $100,000 from long-time ESA member, Phillip Taylor.

Two men pose for a profile picture in the snow.

Phillip Taylor (left) with Henry Gholz

Phillip is a marine ecologist and recently retired as the Associate Dean for Research Advancement, at the University of Southern California’s Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences. For 23 years, Phillip served as Head of the Ocean Section in the National Science Foundation’s Geosciences Directorate, and the Director of the NSF’s Biological Oceanography Program. Phillip has worked with the ocean science community, and other Federal Agencies, to build national and international ocean and environmental sciences research programs on ocean ecosystems, climate change, harmful algal blooms, ocean acidification, marine biotechnology and sustainability. Phillip is a marine ecologist with his doctorate from the University of California, Irvine; his master’s from the California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo; and his bachelor’s from the University of California, Santa Barbara. He also serves on the board of directors the Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography (ASLO).

Henry Gholz was an esteemed colleague when we worked diligently together for years at the National Science Foundation – he in Environmental Biology/Ecosystems and LTER; I in Ocean Sciences/Biological Oceanography and LTER. My partner, Roberta Marinelli, and I enjoyed a close friendship with Henry and Jan, with far-flung travels, skiing, biking, and music.

I’ve been honored and proud to contribute in past years to this great ESA SEEDS program, created by Henry’s family as a legacy to his inspirational efforts to make our field and ESA more welcoming and more diverse. I’m now delighted to work with ESA and its members to make the legacy even more impactful.

~ Phillip Taylor