2008 – Ph.D., Univ. New Mexico (Biology)
Dr. Boyer studies the ecology, extinction, and conservation of island birds. Her research combines empirical field studies with tools from informatics and spatial analysis to understand the extinction process and the effects of past and present human activities on ecological communities. Focused research areas include:
- Paleo-ecological study of past extinctions of Pacific island birds, with field work in New Caledonia and the Hawaiian islands.
- Developing biogeographic theory for vertebrate community functional diversity.
- Developing accurate and predictive global models of extinction risk for vertebrates.
- Understanding the forces shaping the evolution of body size in vertebrates, including the ‘island rule’ and macroevolutionary – macroecological patterns.
- Duncan, R., Boyer, A.G. and T. Blackburn. 2013. Magnitude and variation of prehistoric bird extinctions in the Pacific. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA. 110: 6436-6441.
- McClain, C.R., Durst, P.A.P., Boyer, A.G. and C.D. Francis. 2013. Unraveling the Determinants of Insular Body Size Shifts. Biology Letters. 9: 20120989. DOI: 10.1098/rsbl.2012.0989
- Payne, J.L., F.A. Smith, M. Kowalewski, R.A. Krause Jr., A.G. Boyer, C.R. McClain, S. Finnegan, P.M. Novack-Gottshall and L. Sheble. 2012. A Lack Of Attribution: Closing The Citation Gap Through A Reform Of Citation And Indexing Practices. Taxon. 61: 1349-1351
- Boyer, A.G. and W. Jetz. 2012. Conservation Biology, pp. 271-279 in R. Sibly, J.H. Brown, A. Kodric-Brown, eds. Metabolic Ecology: a scaling approach. Wiley-Blackwell
- Smith, F.A. and Boyer, A.G. 2012. Losing time? Incorporating a deeper temporal perspective into modern ecology. Frontiers of Biogeography. 4: 26-39.
- Evans, A.R., Jones, D., Boyer, A.G., et al. (17 authors). 2012. The maximum rate of mammal evolution. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA. 109: 4187-4190.
- Davidson, A.D., Boyer, A.G., Kim, H., Pompa-Mansilla, S., Hamilton, M.J., Costa, D.P., Ceballos, G., and J.H. Brown. 2012. Drivers and hotspots of extinction risk in marine mammals. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA. 109: 3395-3400.
- Smith, F.A., Boyer, A.G., et al. (20 authors). 2010. The Evolution of Maximum Body Size of Terrestrial Mammals. Science. 330: 1216-1219.
- Boyer, A.G., James, H.F., Olson, S.L. and Grant-Mackie, J.A. 2010. Long-term ecological change in a conservation hotspot: The fossil avifauna of Mé Auré Cave, New Caledonia. Biodiversity and Conservation. 19:3207-3224.
- Boyer, A.G. and W. Jetz. 2010. Biogeography of body size in Pacific island birds. Ecography. 33: 369-379.
- Boyer, A.G. 2010. Consistent Ecological Selectivity Through Time in Pacific Island Avian Extinctions. Conservation Biology. 24: 511-519.
- Boyer, A.G., J.L.E. Cartron and J.H. Brown. 2010. Interspecific pairwise relationships among body length, clutch size, and latitude: anatomy of a macroecological paradox in birds. Journal of Biogeography. 37:47-56.
- Davidson, A.D., Hamilton, M.J., Boyer, A.G., Ceballos, G. and Brown, J.H. 2009. The Ecological Structure of Extinction Risk in Mammals. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA. 106:10702-10705.
- Payne, J., Boyer, A.G., et al. (13 authors). 2009. Two-phase increase in the maximum size of life over 3.5 billion years reflects biological innovation and environmental opportunity. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA. 106:24-27.
- Boyer, A.G. 2008. Extinction Patterns in the Avifauna of the Hawaiian Islands. Diversity and Distributions. 14: 509-517.