Paul Taylor, MA, MSc, MPhil

Data Manager

Paul Taylor

Email: paul.taylor@

Tel: +44 (0)300 067 5900
Tel direct: +44 (0)300 067 5750
Fax: +44 (0)131 445 5124

Forest Research
Northern Research Station
Midlothian EH25 9SY

Paul Taylor studied Earth Sciences at Cambridge University in 1992-5, Environmental Monitoring at Bradford University in 1995-6 and completed an MPhil entitled “Turbulent Flow Over Salmonid Redds”.

He joined Forest Research in 2001 as part of the Short Rotation Coppice project and was soon involved in data management on a broader scale. He has acted as data manager on a variety of other projects including: the Centre for Terrestrial Carbon Dynamics (CTCD - a NERC centre of excellence); core model; amenity trees; short rotation forestry; Level II/Futmon; many projects involving meteorological or soils data; BioSoils; Finance systems; Throughfall; EcoTox; EFWG (Short rotation forestry); Herbivore browsing database; acute oak decline; social events monitoring; Quatermass; Deer culling; SW woodlands monitoring scheme.

Current role

Forest Research Data Manager.

Responsibilities include providing support to scientific and systems projects as required. This includes design and maintenance of databases and associated intranet interfaces.

Current projects

  • Forest Research's metadata system
  • The adaptation of a Tree Health Advisory System (THAS)
  • Forest Research Ecosystems Database (FRED)
  • A redesign of the sample plot networks data systems.

 Affiliations and achievements

  • Treasurer of the Alice Holt Sports and Social Club