News from the Boyer Lab

  1. We have a new paper out in Invertebrate Systematics on phylogeny and diversity of mite harvestmen from the Australian Wet Tropics!  Macalester students Caitlin Baker ’12, Zach Popkin-Hall ’13, Domi Lauko ’14, Hannah Wiesner ’14, and Rachel Quay ’14 coauthored the work in which we describe 6 new species.  We named some of them after arachnologist friends who have helped us with the project over the years, and one for Jeff Thole, who runs the scanning electron microscope in Macalester’s Keck lab, where we gathered much of our anatomical information.

  2. Joanne Johnson and Jill Oberski, both Macaleter juniors, will join me and Prashant Sharma (American Museum of Natural History) for our 2015 expedition to Queensland, Australia.  Can’t wait to get back in the field!  

  3. Macalester students Michelle Coblens and Katya Jay 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 sunshine and warmth.

  4. At right, the crew from the Boyer Lab in Summer 2014 are out at Macalester’s field station on the hunt for earthworms. 

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.