News from the Boyer Lab


  1. I will be hiring two students to do fieldwork in Australia and labwork back on Macalester campus in Summer 2015!  If you are interested in evolution and biodiversity discovery, and a trooper about jet-lag, rain, bugs, and mud - drop me a line.

  2. Michelle Coblens and Katya Jay, both Macalester ’16, presented their work at the annual meeting of the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology (SICB) in West Palm Beach, Florida in January (at right).  We had a great time seeing people we knew, meeting new folks, taking in a lot of quality science, and soaking up some sun and warmth.

  3. In Summer 2014, Michelle and Katya joined me and Prashant Sharma (American Museum of Natural History) for fieldwork in Queensland, Australia from mid-May to early June.  We had an outstanding trip collecting tiny mite harvestmen from the rainforests of the Wet Tropics - both successful and fun!  Back on campus Michelle and Katya were joined by Jill Oberski ’16 and Kenji Shoemaker ’16, and together they generated new DNA sequence data and scanning electron micrographs from the specimens we collected.  Students enrolled in Macalester’s HHMI Young Researchers program also did rotations in the Boyer Lab.  In the photo at the right, we are all out collecting earthworms at Macalester’s field station.

























Sarah L. Boyer


Associate Professor

Biology Department

Macalester College

1600 Grand Avenue

Saint Paul, Minnesota

55105 USA


boyer (at) macalester (dot) edu


Sarah’s CV


  1. Zach Popkin-Hall ’13 and I published descriptions of three new mite harvestmen species from southeast Queensland, Australia in the journal Zootaxa.  Zach, who is currently a PhD student in Michel Slotman’s lab at Texas A&M, devised this project for his senior honors thesis at Macalester.