Welcome to the Boyer Lab
  1. Public art that celebrates nature, East Bay Express, 9/19

  2. Super-shore: A multi-habitat experiment at Giant Marsh, Estuary News,

  3. SF Examiner story on our Suaeda arboring work, 7/19

  4. SF State Magazine story on the EOS Center, 5/18

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

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

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

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

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

  10. Restoring seagrass under siege, Mongabay 1/17

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  19. Lavender Lowlife, Estuary News, 9/14

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

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

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. Follow Kathy on Twitter (katharyn_boyer) and the lab on Instagram (boyer_lab).

web page design by Matt Conahan and Gwen Santos

KQED Deep Look covers our favorite seagrass species, strutting its rhinophores from our tank at the EOS Center: Sea hares scrub seagrass by the seashore

New articles on the potential for sea otter reintroduction to San Francisco Bay, covering our recent papers led by Brent Hughes, EOS grad Jane Rudebusch, and SDSU grad Tracy Grimes (see Publications): San Francisco Bay could triple threatened sea otter populations, study says, Want to save sea otters? The key could be moving them into San Francisco Bay, Study shows potential for a sea otter resurgence in SF Bay, Sea otters could get new home

Shelter in place and online teaching is not easy, but we make the best of it: SF State faculty members rise to the shelter-in-place challenge with remote instruction

Breaking the seafood chain, CSU story including some coverage of our new CA Ocean Protection Council project to investigate eelgrass restoration as a tool in countering ocean acidification

East Bay Express describes new eelgrass-inspired art installation at the Richmond Ferry landing, with quotes from KB

Estuary News story: Super-shore: A multi-habitat experiment at Giant Marsh. Tells the tale of our newest living shorelines project for which KB is lead scientist

SF State Magazine story on the Estuary & Ocean Science Center, with quotes from KB 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. And now see San Francisco Examiner story, too

National Geographic article about SF Bay restoration; scroll down to “Protecting the Shore, Naturally” for a bit about KB 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 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

KB’s former advisors 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 (or 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, KB is the Lead Scientist on an interdisciplinary team including members from the EOS Center, UC Davis, USGS, Environmental Science Associates, and San Francisco Estuary Institute. See “Research” tab for additional information about the project

Cover shots! 

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

  1. -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

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

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

  3. Living Shorelines, BayNature, 4/14

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

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

  6. 2 Million Oysters Settle into New Home on San Francisco Bay, CBS News, 11/13

  7. 2 Million Oysters in the Bay Begin Restoration Effort, SF Chronicle 11/13

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

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

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

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

  12. Busan Settlement Dissected, Estuary News 2/12

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

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

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

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

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

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

  19. Grass Grazers, Estuary News, 8/10

  20. Bountiful Blades, Estuary News, 6/09

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

  22. Eelgrass Restoration, InterSci, 12/08

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

  24. Dainty Monster, Estuary Magazine, 4/08

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

  26. Save the Bay Watershed newsletter, 12/08

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

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

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

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