Professor Gail Taylor

Professor Gail Taylor (PI) University of Southampton

Contact details:

Life Sciences Building 85
Faculty of Natural and Environmental Sciences
University of Southampton
Highfield Campus
SO17 1BJ

Tel: +44 (0)2380592335, 
Fax: +44 (0) 2380594459


Role in MAGLUE: Project co-ordinator, Principle investigator


Research background: Professor Taylor has led the Plant and environment laboratory at the University of Southampton since 1990, guiding early career researchers into the world of bioenergy research. Gail’s research aims to provide an understanding of the functioning of plants in relation to their environment, focussing on second-generation bioenergy crops. Gail’s primary research interest has previously been the impacts of water stresses on poplar, taking an approach from the whole system level down to the molecular level utilising second-generation sequencing technologies. Gail has recently taken an interest in researching the impacts of bioenergy crop production on ecosystem services. In addition to her research commitments, Gail is also Director of Research for Biological science at the University of Southampton and co-chairs the university-wide multidisciplinary energy research group.


Gail has held numerous project grants including TSEC-BIOSYS, ETI-ELUM, ETI-BVCM, SUPERGEN I, ENERGYPOPLAR, EVOLTREE, POPGENICS, and POPYOMICS. She recently led the NERC Carbo-BioCrop consortium which aimed to quantify GHG emissions relating to energy crop systems, providing modelling and spatial mapping of the impacts (see for more details).


Gail is co-ordinating the MAGLUE project and as such will be an integral member of all work packages. Her team at Southampton will focus on the continued measurement of GHG fluxes in a field site established within the ETI-ELUM project. Southampton will also utilise their Forest-GrowthSRC model to predict potential yields of SRC crops poplar and willow. These outputs will be integrated into the biomass value chain assessment and inform the optimisation of outputs and policy-relevant recommendations.



Dr Suzanne Milner,

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Dr Rob Holland (advisor),

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Billy Valdes (technical support)

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Harris, Z.M., G. Alberti, M. Dondini, P. Smith and G. Taylor. 2014a. The impacts of land-use change from grassland to bioenergy Short Rotation Coppice (SRC) Willow on the crop and ecosystem greenhouse gas balance. In EGU General Assembly Conference Abstracts, p 13023.


Harris, Z.M., N.P. McNamara, R. Rowe, M. Dondini, J. Finch, M. Perks, J. Morison, I. Donnison, K. Farrar and S. Sohi. 2014b. Research Spotlight: The ELUM project: Ecosystem Land-Use Modeling and Soil Carbon GHG Flux Trial. Biofuels. 5:111-116.


Hastings, A., M.J. Tallis, E. Casella, R.W. Matthews, P.A. Henshall, S. Milner, P. Smith and G. Taylor. 2014. The technical potential of Great Britain to produce ligno‐cellulosic biomass for bioenergy in current and future climates. GCB Bioenergy. 6:108-122.


Hinton, E., R. Holland, M. Austen and G. Taylor. 2014. UKERC Energy & Environment Theme Bridging the gap between energy and the environment


Holland, R., F. Eigenbrod, A. Muggeridge, G. Brown, D. Clarke and G. Taylor. 2015. A synthesis of the ecosystem services impact of second generation bioenergy crop production. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews. 46:30-40.


Milner, S., R. Holland, A. Lovett, G. Sunnenberg, A. Hastings, P. Smith, S. Wang and G. Taylor. 2015. Potential impacts on ecosystem services of land use transitions to second generation bioenergy crops in GB. GCB Bioenergy


Oliver, R.J., E. Blyth, G. Taylor and J.W. Finch. 2014. Water use and yield of bioenergy poplar in future climates: modelling the interactive effects of elevated atmospheric CO2 and climate on productivity and water use. GCB Bioenergy


Smith, P., S. Taylor, A. Lovett, G. Taylor, S.K. Firth, J. Finch, J. Morison and D. Moran. 2014. Spatial mapping of Great Britain's bioenergy to 2050. GCB Bioenergy. 6:97-98.


Tallis, M.J., E. Casella, P.A. Henshall, M.J. Aylott, T.J. Randle, J.I. Morison and G. Taylor. 2013. Development and evaluation of ForestGrowth‐SRC a process‐based model for short rotation coppice yield and spatial supply reveals poplar uses water more efficiently than willow. GCB Bioenergy. 5:53-66.


Wang, S., A. Hastings, S. Wang, G. Sunnenberg, M.J. Tallis, E. Casella, S. Taylor, P. Alexander, I. Cisowska and A. Lovett. 2014a. The potential for bioenergy crops to contribute to meeting GB heat and electricity demands. GCB Bioenergy. 6:136-141.


Wang, S., S. Wang, A. Lovett, J. Zhong, G. Taylor, S. Leduc, S. Firth and P. Smith. 2014b. Significant contribution of energy crops to heat and electricity needs in Great Britain to 2050. BioEnergy Research. 7:919-926.



For a full list of Professor Taylor’s publications click here