Boyer's research interests encompass evolution, historical biogeography, and
systematics of invertebrates. Her research at Harvard focused on the suborder
Cyphophthalmi, a group of tiny Opiliones (daddy long-legs or harvestmen) with a global

As a lecturer, she designed and taught an ecology class for non-majors, as well as a
molecular ecology course for masters students. She has taught in field settings,
including a semester-long field biology course at the University of California South
Pacific Research Station in Moorea, French Polynesia. 

EDUCATION: B.A., Swarthmore College M.A., University of California, Berkeley Ph.D.,
Harvard University 

Boyer has been teaching at Macalester since 2007. 



Phylogeny and biogeography of the mite harvestmen (Arachnida : Opiliones : Cyphophthalmi) of Queensland, Australia, with a description of six new species from the rainforests of the Wet Tropics (with Cailtin M. Baker, Zachary R. Popkin-Hall, Domokos I. Laukó, Hannah A. Wiesner, and Rachel H. Quay), Invertebrate Systematics (2015)


Additional minnows and topminnow identified as suitable sheepnose (Plethobasus cyphyus) hosts (with Kiru Wolf, Mark C. Hove, Bernard E. Sietman, and Dan J. Hornbach), Ellipsaria (2012)

Contributions to Books

Methods for Molecular Studies in Systematics (with G. Giribet), Harvestmen: Biology of the Opiliones (2007)

Pettalidae Shear ,1980 (with G. Giribet,), Biology of the Opiliones (2007)


Phylogeography of Aoraki denticulata in the South Island of NZ, Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology (2008)