MACALESTER PROF EARNS 8-LEGGED HONOR
from the Star Tribune
Sarah Boyer and her coworkers celebrated with a cake covered in bugs.
Mite harvestmen, to be exact, their tiny anatomy recreated in frosting. Mite harvestmen are a little-known relative of the daddy longlegs. They're also Boyer's specialty.
So much so that the assistant professor at Macalester College just had a newly discovered species named after her: Siro boyerae.
Mite Harvestmen, Gummy Tape Worms, Crabs - They're All in Sarah Boyer's Office
Biology Professor Sarah Boyer gives a tour of her unique office.
Professor Boyer is interested in the diversity and evolution of animal life. She takes a phylogenetic approach to questions in evolutionary biology, using both molecular and morphological data. Current research projects in her lab focus on understanding the evolution of mite harvestmen (tiny daddy long-legs) in the Wet Tropics of Queensland, Australia. She also works on population genetics and DNA barcoding of local freshwater mussels, with support from the National Park Service. Professor Boyer works closely with undergraduates in both lab and field settings and has published papers with student coauthors. She teaches Biodiversity and Evolution, one of the courses in the Department’s core sequence, as well as upper level courses in biogeography, evolution, and biodiverstiy. Other interests include travel, novels, food, family, friends and the great outdoors.
Boyer Talks about Daddy Long Legs
From our podcast archives: Did you know that daddy long legs are not spiders. Biology Professor Sarah Boyer knows quite a bit about this type of arachnid. She has been studying it to learn more about the geological history of the earth. This research has received attention from the New York Times and was chosen as an editor's choice paper in the journal Science. Find out what it's all about.
Photo Credit: Mite harvestmen, Courtesy of Gonzalo Giribet, Harvard University