We work to discover, describe, and understand the diversity of invertebrate animal life. For the past several years we have been documenting new species of arachnids from the rainforests of the Australian Wet Tropics and testing hypotheses about their evolutionary history. Many Macalester undergraduates have traveled to this beautiful corner of the world (pictured above) as part of this project; you can read about some of their adventures here, here, and here. We also work on the ecology and evolution of local Minnesota daddy long-legs, as well as local freshwater mussels. Our research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, National Geographic, and the National Park Service.
News from the Boyer Lab
- Pietro Tardelli Canedo '19 and I traveled to the Harvard Museum of Comparative Zoology in early May to meet with our collaborators on a new project about biogeography of New Zealand Opiliones. In the slideshow above you will see Pietro and me hanging out with Gonzalo Giribet and Caitlin Baker '12, a Boyer Lab alum who is currently a PhD student in the Giribet Lab. We are all very excited about the new work!
- I was gratified to hear that I'm being promoted to full professor! Two other Macalester bio profs were promoted the same morning, so we had a departmental celebration with pre-lunch cake and champagne. Good times!
- New members joining the lab in Summer 2018 are Eliza Pessereau '19, Pietro Tardelli Canedo '19, and Rina Morisawa '20! We will also be hosting four members of the class of 2021 through Macalester's 3M Young Researchers program: Robert Anigboyu, Kai Bosley, Abby Dillon, and Lily Neuleib-Madden.
- Three Boyer Lab alumni are coauthors on a new paper on scorpions in Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution. Caitlin Baker '12, currently a PhD student in the Giribet Lab, generated transcriptomic data for this project; Jill Oberski '16 and Joanne Johnson '16 were part of the field team that collected a key species in Queensland, Australia. Thanks to our prolific collaborator Prashant Sharma, who headed up the project!
- We have a new paper out in Zootaxa, documenting species of daddy long-legs not previously known to occur in Minnesota. This work was the senior capstone project of lab member Kenji Shoemaker '16, who is the first author on the paper. Huge thanks to our coauthor Mercedes Burns, who acted as our taxonomic guide.