Professor of Biology and Department Chair
Invertebrate systematics and evolution
Olin-Rice Science Center, 219
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 arachnids) in New Zealand; this work is supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation. She has also worked 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 regularly publishes 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 evolution and zoology and a non-majors’ course, Creatures and Curiosities. Other interests include travel, novels, food, family, friends and the great outdoors.
BA: Swarthmore College, 1996
MA: University of California Berkeley, 1998
PhD: Harvard University, 2007