Welcome to the Boyer Lab
  1. SF State Magazine story on the Estuary & Ocean Science Center, 5/18

  2. Tiburon marsh restoration project underway, Marin IJ 1/18

  3. Romberg scientist leads group hoping to preserve Blackie’s Pasture shoreline, The Ark, 8/17

  4. How the bay area is restoring nature’s delicate balance, National Geographic, 6/17

  5. K. Boyer interview all about seagrasses, Resistance Radio with Derrick Jensen, 5/17

  6. San Rafael bay environmental work captured in book, Marin Independent Journal, 3/17

  7. Restoring seagrass under siege, Mongabay 1/17

  8. Oysters and eelgrass: unlikely heroes in the fight against rising seas, Richmond Confidential, 12/16

  9. Romberg biologists helping get new Smithsonian project off the ground, SFSU News, 9/16

  10. Romberg partners with Smithsonian in global coastal research network, The Ark, 7/16

  11. An Emissary of the Bay’s Forgotten Beaches, BayNature 7/16

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

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

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

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

  16. Lavender Lowlife, Estuary News, 9/14

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

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

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

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

  21. Living Shorelines, BayNature, 4/14

Boyer Lab news

Dr. Katharyn Boyer’s research lab is located at San Francisco State University’s Estuary & Ocean Science Center, 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

SF State Magazine story on the Estuary & Ocean Science Center, with quotes from Kathy and alum Gavin Archbald


The Marin IJ reports on our new project to design coarse sediment placement, plant endangered Suaeda californica, and experiment with “arboring” both it and pickleweed to increase high tide refuge for birds and mammals. Trying to add a few sea level rise adaptation tools to the tool box! Also see related Facebook post and scan of an article in the Tiburon Ark


National Geographic article about SF Bay restoration; scroll down to “Protecting the Shore, Naturally” for a bit about Kathy and living shorelines projects for coastal resiliency


Interview all about seagrasses  (Resistance Radio with Derrick Jensen on PRN)


The Marin IJ reports on publication of our research in the new book, Living Shorelines: The Science and Management of Nature-Based Coastal Protection


Great new Mongabay article captures our eelgrass restoration work: Restoring seagrass under siege


Richmond Confidential article on our living shorelines projects at San Rafael and Point Pinole: Oysters and eelgrass: unlikely heroes in the fight against rising seas


Great video from the talented Tommy Valencia, on our eelgrass restoration work in SF Bay


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


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 the EOS Center’s Discovery Day in a

Marin Independent Journal article


So pleased for my former advisors who received the highest awards of the Coastal

and Estuarine Research Federation. 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!


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 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 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 Sloane 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

J. Stalker

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

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

  3. 2 Million Oysters Settle into New Home on San Francisco Bay, CBS News, 11/13

  4. 2 Million Oysters in the Bay Begin Restoration Effort, SF Chronicle 11/13

  5. More than 2 Million Olympia Oysters Populate Project off San Rafael Shore, Marin Independent Journal, 11/13

  6. Scientists Set Seashells by the Seashore, Bay Area Monitor, 11/13

  7. Snapshots of Bay Delta Science, Estuary News 11/12

  8. Of Geese and Eelgrass, Estuary News 11/12

  9. Busan Settlement Dissected, Estuary News 2/12

  10. Suisun Thistles Get a Helping Hand at Rush Ranch,                    Solano Land Trust News 11/12

  11. Submerged Surprise in Suisun, Estuary News 2/12

  12. Watching out for Invading Sea Lavender, BayNature, 7/11

  13. Invasive Species Alert, SFBay Joint Venture, 3/11

  14. The Heat Underneath, Estuary News, 12/10

  15. Subtleties of the Subtidal, BayNature, 10/10

  16. Grass Grazers, Estuary News, 8/10

  17. Bountiful Blades, Estuary News, 6/09

  18. YourWetlands.org podcast -- K.Boyer on eelgrass, 11/08

  19. Eelgrass Restoration, InterSci, 12/08

  20. Seagrass Nursery Opens in Honor of Dr. Bill Atchley, The Ark, 9/08

  21. Dainty Monster, Estuary Magazine, 4/08

  22. In the Wake of the Oil Spill, BayNature, 4/08

  23. Save the Bay Watershed newsletter, 12/08

  24. University Responds to Cosco Busan Oil Spill, SFSU News, 12/07

  25. Lindsey Carr, SFSU Biology newsletter, 10/07

  26. More Turf for the Surf, Alameda Sun, 6/07

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