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About Sarah Boyer

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 distribution.
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.
B.A., Swarthmore College
M.A., University of California, Berkeley
Ph.D., Harvard University
Boyer has been teaching at Macalester since 2007.


Present Associate Professor, Biology, Macalester College


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Honors and Awards

  • 2006 Best Student Talk, Division of Systematic and Evolutionary Biology, Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology
  • 2005 American Association of University Women Dissertation Fellowship
  • 2005 Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Merit Fellowship, Harvard University
  • 2004 Best Student Talk, Systematics, International Congress of Arachnology
  • 2001 Derek Bok Award for Excellence in Teaching, Harvard University
  • 2001 NIH Genetics and Genomics Training Grant Fellowship, Harvard University


  • Biodiversity & Phylogeny
  • Evolution
  • Animal Diversity

Contact Information

Macalester College
Olin-Rice 218
1600 Grand Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55105


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