In May 1974, as a grad student in marine biology, Taylor attended the International Conference on Genetic Research and Experimentation in Rome. The conference featured some discussions on the use of genetics in preserving endangered species, which piqued Taylor's interests. While at the conference, she briefly met a "Dr. Veronica Neary" (actually Roberta Lincoln, investigating the disappearance of several Eastern-bloc geneticists). (TOS novel: The Rise and Fall of Khan Noonien Singh, Volume 1)
Taylor became an expert in cetacean biology, and held the position of assistant director of the Cetacean Institute in Sausalito, California, until 1986. By her own account, Dr. Taylor had a photographic memory, able to "see words". That year, she was transported to the year 2286 along with two humpback whales, George and Gracie. (TOS movie: Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home).
Taylor, an only child, lived on Irving Street in Sausalito in the 1980s, where she lived next-door to Mrs. Schimmerman. Her mother had died of cancer several years prior to 1986. (TOS short story: "Whales Weep Not")
- This story establishes Taylor was 38 in 1986, overriding previous fans' use of using actress Catherine Hicks' age to determine Taylor's.
Shortly after her arrival in the 23rd century, she signed on to a Federation science vessel, USS Clarke, intent on bringing her scientific knowledge up to date. (TOS movie: Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home)
In 2289, Taylor went with Kirk on a boat trip for a month while examining dolphins. Prior to the trip, she spoke with his crew about his many missions and how he was a "spectacular kisser." (TOS comic: "Debt of Honor")
In 2293, Taylor attended Kirk's memorial service that was held on the grounds of Starfleet Academy. Also in attendance were former crewmembers of the USS Enterprise and some of his other old "acquaintances". (TOS novel: The Fire and the Rose)