Australasian Animal Studies Association

Taylor, Dr C. Scott

Independent researcher

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Research interests / activities

General research interests: human and non-human animal relationships as they make, shape, condition, use, change, and express spaces.

Specific areas of interest: human-cetacean relations; human-companion animal relations; the spaces of opposition regarding human-nonhuman animal relations; the ecology of wisdom; multi-species education; interspecies ethics; the work of Vicki Hearne and that of Dr. John C. Lilly; assumptions within Animal Studies regarding dietary choice.

Former Lecturer and Research Assistant, University of the Sunshine Coast
Beekeeper and Apiarist advocate
Executive Director, Cetacean Studies Institute 1996-present

I have presented a variety of papers at conferences, as well as numerous public presentations; been a commentator and interviewee on television programs internationally; produced and presented hundreds of lectures on human-dolphin relations; ran a dolphin “EDventure” program to provide in-depth education for visitors who were engaged in “self-directed therapy” and personal encounters with dolphins; I was the associate producer, co-writer, and presenter of a TV documentary, ‘The Dolphin Story’, Dir. Richard Mordaunt, Coolamon Films, and much more in my 35+ years of focus on the human-dolphin relationship.




Taylor, C. S. (2009) The dolphin-human connection: Embassy or zoo-without-walls?
Honours dissertation. Maroochydore, University of the Sunshine Coast.

Taylor, C. S. & Carter, J. (2013) The agency of dolphins: towards interspecies embassies as sites of engagement with ‘significant otherness’. Geographical Research, 51, 1 1-10.

Taylor, C. S. (2014) Geographies of the Liminal Dolphin: toward an understanding of the contested spaces of Dolphin-Assisted Therapy.
Doctoral thesis. Maroochydore, University of the Sunshine Coast.

Carter, Jennifer; Taylor, C. S. (2018) Socio-Economic Factors in Companion Animal Relinquishment on the Sunshine Coast, Australia. Society and Animals: Article in press pp. 1-19. DOI:

C. Scott Taylor & Jennifer Carter (2020) Care in the contested geographies of Dolphin-Assisted Therapy, Social & Cultural Geography, 21:1, 64-85, DOI:

Potential areas for research supervision
Human-cetacean interaction. Animal Geographies: human attitudes toward ‘captivity’; Spaces of contention in human-nonhuman animal relations; Spaces of intrinsic and extrinsic value: the boundaries of use and abuse; Multi-species ethics.