Welcome to the Boyer Lab
  1. An Emissary of the Bay’s Forgotten Beaches, BayNature 7/16

  2. Restoration of eelgrass continues in San Francisco Bay, Audubon blogpost, 6/16

  3. At Tiburon marine lab, kids spend quality time with eels, slugs and amphipods, Marin IJ, 4/16

  4. Friends of the San Francisco Estuary announce 2015 Environmental Project Awards, 10/15

  5. Restoring and Creating Resilient Habitats in San Francisco Bay, RTC’s Bayside Newsletter, 10/14

  6. Lavender Lowlife, Estuary News, 9/14

  7. Replanting the Bay’s Underwater Meadows, BayNature 8/14

  8. Retail Operation Closes as Drakes Bay Oyster Company, KQED Radio and Blog, 7/14

  9. The Next Generation of Ocean Scientists, Thank You Ocean podcast with photos of Evyan and Rosa, 4/14

  10. Turning the Corner on Invasive Spartina, BayNature, 4/14

  11. Living Shorelines, BayNature, 4/14

  12. Baylands Remodels Make Progress, Estuary News, 1/14

  13. How do You Solve a Problem Like Spartina?, Alameda Magazine, 1/14

  14. 2 Million Oysters Settle into New Home on San Francisco Bay, CBS News, 11/13

  15. 2 Million Oysters in the Bay Begin Restoration Effort, SF Chronicle 11/13

Boyer Lab news

Dr. Katharyn Boyer’s research lab is located at San Francisco State University’s Romberg Tiburon Center for Environmental Studies, on San Francisco Bay near the tip of the Tiburon Peninsula.  We are broadly interested in the ecology of coastal habitats, with a focus on tidal marshes and seagrass beds.  We work at the interface of basic and applied ecology, with the philosophy that restoration and conservation activities will be most effective when there is understanding of the processes that govern natural communities. Our work is largely experimental, conducted in field, greenhouse, and mesocosm settings. Click the links above and below to learn more about who we are and what we do.

web page design by Matt Conahan and Gwen Santos

Fun new video from the talented Tommy Valencia, on our eelgrass restoration work in SF Bay.


Here is a new blog post on our recent eelgrass restoration work in collaboration with Audubon in Richardson Bay.


New BayNature article on our colleague Peter Baye’s long crusade for the very rare high marsh plant, Suaeda californica, and the work that the Boyer Lab is contributing to its reintroduction to SF Bay.


Serina, Geana, and Crystal: so quotable on RTC’s Discovery Day, April 2016 in a Marin Independent Journal article.


So proud of my former advisors who received the highest awards of the Coastal

and Estuarine Research Federation at the CERF conference in Portland, November 2015.

Dr. Joy Zedler received the Odum Award for Lifetime Achievement, and Dr. Peggy Fong

received the William A. Niering Outstanding Educator Award. Such big shoes (and by that,

I mean knee boots or SCUBA booties) to fill!


September 2015: Our Living Shorelines Project received the Outstanding Environmental Project Award at the State of the San Francisco Estuary Conference!  Managed by the State Coastal Conservancy, Kathy Boyer is the Lead Scientist on an interdisciplinary team including members from the Romberg Tiburon Center, UC Davis, USGS, Environmental Science Associates, and San Francisco Estuary Institute. See “Research” tab for additional information about the project.


Cover shots! 

- Kathy Boyer on the cover of the UC Press book “Natural History of San Francisco Bay” (Order it)

  1. -Two recent covers of Estuary News (Order it):  Evyan Borgnis sampling pondweeds in a study to evaluate distribution and habitat values of brackish native SAV beds in Suisun Bay and the west Delta, and the Boyer Lab and volunteers accessing a restoration site for eelgrass and native oysters in San Rafael, in the Central Bay

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