Jennifer Taylor is an assistant professor in the Marine Biology Research Division at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, San Diego.

Her research focuses on the biomechanics of marine invertebrates, with special interest in crustacean exoskeletons and molting. She employs physiological and engineering tools to study the form and function of animals from different habitats. Her overarching research goals are to integrate the functional morphology of animals with their behavior, ecology, and evolution, and to determine how anthropogenic environmental impacts affect the form and function of animals.

Taylor received a B.A. in Biology from the College of Creative Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara and a Ph.D. in Biology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She subsequently held a NSF Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of California, Berkeley (2007-2010). Prior to joining the Scripps community in 2013, she served as an assistant professor at Indiana University-Purdue University, Fort Wayne (2010-2012).