Taylor Gibson

Research Associate II

Originally from the North Shore area, Taylor joined GMGI after completing both her bachelor’s degree and master’s degree at the University of New England in Biddeford, Maine.  Her previous research spanned both marine ecology and molecular biology as she pieced together the diet of seals using DNA from their intestinal contents.  It is from this work that she became interested in genomics and the molecular biology side of science.

Outside of research, Taylor enjoys swimming, traveling, and spending time with friends.  She also loves to scuba dive, preferably in warmer warmers, as she is PADI advanced open water certified.

Education

2022 - B.S. Marine Science with a concentration in Marine Biology, University of New England
2023 - M.S. Marine Science, University of New England

Research Interests

During my master’s research, I utilized DNA analysis to compare the diets of grey seals and harbor seals using their intestinal contents.  Due to seals foraging below the surface of the water, it is difficult to identify the prey they consume.  Through molecular techniques and bioinformatics, I was able to identify the composition of each seal species’ diet and determine if there was any overlap between the two.  This project exemplifies how molecular tools can produce ecological information on topics like interspecific competition, niche overlap, and food habits.

Coming into GMGI, I was excited by the variety of projects and research being conducted and the use of genomics and molecular biology to both identify novel information and expand upon current knowledge.  With knowledge of molecular techniques and analytics from my thesis, I hope to apply and broaden my skills in further research.  I am passionate about improving and expanding what we know about the ocean, whether that be furthering biodiversity studies, providing new tools for management, or other ways.

Education

2022 - B.S. Marine Science with a concentration in Marine Biology, University of New England
2023 - M.S. Marine Science, University of New England

Research Projects