News from the Boyer Lab

  1. We had a great field season in Australia!  Joanne Johnson and Jill Oberski, both Macalester class of ’16, joined me and Prashant Sharma (American Museum of Natural History) for our May-June 2015 expedition to Queensland.  We came home laden with harvestman specimens for our ongoing research projects.  At right, my students and I are in the rainforest en route to a collecting site.

  2. Big congratulations to Boyer Lab alum Caitlin Baker ’12!  She was awarded an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship in support of her research on harvestman evolution in Gonzalo Giribet’s lab, where she is hard at work on her PhD.

  3. 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 SEM at Macalester’s Keck lab where we gathered much of our anatomical information. 

  4. 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). 

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