Nathan Taylor Curator

Joined: Jul 03, 2014 Last Active: Aug 16, 2022 iNaturalist

I am a Ph.D. student at Oklahoma State University working in the herbarium at the Department of Plant Biology, Ecology, and Evolution (a mouthful, I know). I graduated with my Master's Degree from Sul Ross State University several years back where I worked at the Sul Ross Herbarium with the curator Dr. A. Michael Powell. My primary interest is in Euphorbia sect. Anisophyllum (synonym Chamaesyce), but I am interested in most plants and like trying to identify them, particularly plants of the Llano Estacado (essentially the high plains of Texas and New Mexico) and the Trans-Pecos. I previously worked as the land manager at I-20 Wildlife Preserve in Midland, Texas.
Formerly nathantaylor7583

For anyone interested in the Chamaesyce-type Euphorbias of Trans-Pecos Texas, here is a link to my thesis.

For those interested in following what I post about Euphorbia on iNaturalist and possibly helping me by posting Euphorbias, I have a couple iNat projects. The United States project can be found here and the Mexico project can be found here. Because I don't speak Spanish, there isn't much content in the Mexico project. However, the US project has many journal posts including information about Euphorbia that you might find helpful. A list of my recommended resources is provided at the bottom of the description for each project (you may want to start here). I also did an interview on the In Defense of Plants podcast if you'd like to learn some of the details about what Euphorbias are and why I am fascinated by them. All Euphorbia observations (worldwide) that I've added an ID to can be found here.

I also have a couple guides for the Chamaesyces of primarily Texas. I hope to add more in the future. Here is the High Plains guide and here is the weedy species guide.

I also have a strong interest in the flora of Gaines Co., Texas and other places on the southern High Plains. A list of species can be found here. In order to facilitate this, I occasionally come up with treatments of groups that occur in the area like this one on Oenothera. All the plant observations that I have IDed on the Llano Estacado and surrounding areas can by found here (all) and here (only observations IDed to species or lower; view in "identify").

In addition to these, I have some journal posts to help identify Crotons (of Central Texas and Trans-Pecos Texas). All the croton observations that I have IDed in Texas can by found here.

A full list (or link to full lists) of the posts I have written here can be found here. A full list of observations I've added an identification to can be found here.

Tagging - As with many iNatters that provide a lot of identifications, I receive a lot of tags. There's been some recent discussion regarding appropriate use of tagging. As such, I thought I'd try writing my preferences regarding tags to see what happens. I may remove this later or put it in a journal post depending on what happens. Lastly, this is not meant to shame anyone who tags me, but simply to provide a statement on my tagging preferences to facilitate communication.
Tags I value most:
People I have met and talked to at length wanting to talk about an observation for almost any reason.
Someone wants to show me something they find interesting.
Someone wants to learn the details of identification.
Someone from a trip or project that I am at least partially invested in wants an ID.
Tags I find acceptable, though less enjoyable or more dependent on the organism in the observation:
Someone generally wanting an identification for a Euphorbia sect. Anisophyllum or Plant of the Llano Estacado. My interest declines as radiating geographically from Llano Estacado or phylogenetically as radiating from Euphorbia sect. Anisophyllum.
Tags I don't like:
Someone tags several people based on expertise as indicated only by the "top identifiers" section to the right of an observation.
Someone tagging only based on previous identification with another observation of theirs.
Someone tagging me on a species I've identified many times before and provided information to help them identify. This is more understandable on very difficult species.
Tags I don't particularly like because of the organism, not because of the tagger:
Very difficult or unresolved species pairs that I'm not currently working on that lack enough information for an ID. This one is pretty much unavoidable. If you do know you're tagging me on a difficult species, just use some moderation and try to get the required structures next time. :-)

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