Dr William Taylor

Honorary Research Fellow

School of Social Science
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences


Dr. William Taylor is an archaeozoologist and researcher specializing in the study of animal domestication and human-environmental relations, with an emphasis on the study of horse domestication. He is an Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Curator of Archaeology at the University of Colorado-Boulder's Museum of Natural History, and a research affiliate at the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History in Jena, Germany (as well as in the School of Social Science at UQ). Dr. Taylor has active field research projects in Central Asia, China, North America, and Australia. His collaborative research with UQ's Dr. Tiina Manne, seeks to understand the introduction of domestic horses and other large mammals into Australia through archaeological science - pairing osteology with biomolecular methods such as radiocarbon dating, genomics, stable isotopes, and collagen peptide fingerprinting (ZooMS). In 2019, Dr. Manne and Dr. Taylor received a research award from the Australia-Germany Joint Research Cooperation Scheme from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), which runs through 2020.