The Boyer Lab @ UTK

Alison G. Boyer
Dept. Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
University of Tennessee

Curriculum Vitae: .pdf
Google Scholar Profile

Email: alison.boyer [at]
Office: Hesler 447
Phone: (865) 974-2913
Mailing Address:
Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
569 Dabney Hall
University of Tennessee
Knoxville, Tennessee 37996-1610

We study the process of ecological disassembly due to global environmental change. We use a variety of modeling approaches, informatics, "macro" ecological methods, field research, and paleo-ecology to better understand the effects of human-caused environmental changes on the diversity and functioning of natural systems. All our research is motivated by a desire to understand and prevent human-caused losses of biodiversity.


  • Marine mammal extinction risk research featured on National Geographic website.
  • June 21, 2013: In New Haven for a Map of Life workshop and island biogeography jam session.
  • Pacific island birds on our local NPR station, WUOT.
  • Interview on Quirks and Quarks radio show.
  • April 2013: In Hawaii for field work and Society for American Archaeology meeting.
  • Collaborative paper estimating the magnitude of Pacific island bird extinctions out in PNAS.
  • Jan. 10, 2013: At the International Biogeography Society Meeting in Miami, FL .
  • New paper "Unravelling the determinants of insular body size shifts" published in Biology Letters.
  • Nov. 9, 2012: Public lecture on Pacific island birds to the Office of Research's UT Science Forum. Featured in Tennessee Today and the Daily Beacon.
  • Collaborative paper on the magnitude of Pacific island bird extinctions submitted to PNAS.
  • Aug. 23, 2012: First day of class for my General Ecology students!
  • Aug. 8, 2012: Submitted a new paper examining the effects of Holocene extinctions on the functional diversity of island bird communities
  • June 8, 2012: I'm off to Albuquerque to celebrate the retirement of two fantastic, and inspiring scientists: Jim Brown and Astrid Kodric-Brown.
  • May 21, 2012: Just finished another productive meeting of the IMPPS RCN group on mammalian macroecology.
  • Perspective piece on paleontology and ecology is out in Frontiers of Biogeography .
  • April 2, 2012: Attended a great symposium on Conservation Paleobiology at the Southeast GSA meeting in Asheville, NC. Thanks for putting it together Rowan!
  • Working group paper on rates of size evolution chosen as cover feature in PNAS.
  • Jan. 30, 2012: Paper on extinction risk in marine mammals published online in PNAS this week!