News from the Boyer Lab


  1. I will be hiring two students to work on my research related to the diversity and evolution of Australian harvestmen in Summer 2015.  We will spend two weeks traveling around Queensland, collecting these arachnids from rainforest habitats.  Then, we will return to campus to identify our specimens and generate DNA sequence data to answer questions about this group’s biogeographic history.  Get in touch with me if you are interested in applying for a position! 

  2. Michelle Coblens and Katya Jay, both Macalester ’16, 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 - 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.  6 students enrolled in Macalester’s HHMI Young Researchers program also did rotations in the Boyer Lab.  Below, we are out collecting earthworms at Macalester’s field station.




















  1. Zach Popkin-Hall ’13 and I published descriptions of three new mite harvestmen species from southeast Queensland, Australia in the journal Zootaxa.  This work was based on a project that Zach devised for his senior honors thesis, and he is the first author of the paper. 





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