Crispin Taylor

  • Country
United States
  • Keywords
Executive leadership, plant biology, publishing

Crispin Taylor (2014-01-24)

  • Websites
American Society of Plant Biologists homepage

Crispin Taylor (2014-01-24)


Crispin Taylor is ASPB’s Executive Director. He immigrated to the US from the UK after receiving a bachelor’s degree in microbiology from the University of Surrey and obtained a PhD in genetics at the Michigan State University Department of Energy Plant Research Laboratory ( in 1993. After a postdoc at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill, Taylor began his career in non-profits as news and reviews editor at The Plant Cell (, which is published by ASPB, becoming managing editor of the journal two years later. After his first four-year stint at ASPB, Taylor moved to Science’s Next Wave, AAAS’s potent online resource for early career scientists. At Next Wave (now a part of the Science Careers website;, Taylor participated in the site’s geographic and topical growth, overseeing new components of the site dedicated to European and Asian scientists, and to US postdocs. Taylor also collaborated with AAAS’s Education and Human Resources unit to develop the Minority Scientists’ Network (, and he has stayed active in efforts to broaden participation in the sciences ever since. In 2004, Taylor moved back to ASPB and his current position as the organization’s CEO. In that capacity, Taylor has become active in the larger scholarly publishing arena, serving on the Council of the Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers (ALPSP; and on the Scholarly Publishing Roundtable that was convened in 2009 by the U.S. House of Representatives Science and Technology Committee (