University of Vermont

The College of Arts and Sciences

Department of Biology


Ph.D. Student - Taylor Stewart


Taylor Stewart, Ph.D. Student

Contact Information
Email: Taylor Stewart

Office: Rubenstein Ecosystem Science Lab (RESL), Rm 116
Advisor: Dr. Jason Stockwell


I am interested in population ecology and how climate change is affecting habitat and population structures of aquatic ecosystems. I am currently working towards quantifying and modeling environmental variability influencing Cisco recruitment bottlenecks in Lake Superior. Cisco and other related Coregonid species worldwide have experienced population declines due to fishing pressure and environmental changes that appear to have reduced recruitment. The reason for declining recruitment is unknown, but winter ice conditions appear to play a role in recruitment success and ice and water temperature regimes have changed over the past 20 years. I will track Cisco egg development from the post-spawning egg stage to hatching under various environmental treatment levels to identify the mechanistic relationship between each factor and egg hatching rates and survival.