Robert S. Boyd
Professor, DBS Undergraduate Program Officer (UPO) & Interim Chair, Department of Biological Sciences

Office: 026 Rouse Life Sciences Building

101 Rouse Life Sciences Building
Auburn University, AL 36849

Office Phone: (334) 844-1626
Fax: (334) 844-1645
Email Robert S. Boyd

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Ph.D. - Botany, University of California, Davis 1986
M.S. - Biology, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, California 1979
B.S. - Biology (summa cum laude), California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, California 1977
A.A. - Pre-medicine, Mount San Antonio College, Walnut, California 1974

Research and Teaching Interests

Research: Ecology of metal hyperaccumulation by plants, natural history and management of rare Southeastern plant species.

Teaching: Conservation Biology, Ecology (incl. Plant Ecology)

Selected Publications

Gall, J.E., R.S. Boyd, and N. Rajakaruna. 2015. Transfer of heavy metals through terrestrial food webs: A review. Environmental Monitoring and Assessment 187:201. DOI 10.1007/s10661-015-4436-3

van der Ent, A., N. Rajakaruna, R. Boyd, G. Echevarria, R. Repin, and D. Williams. 2015. Global research on ultramafic (serpentine) ecosystems (8th International Conference on Serpentine Ecology in Sabah, Malaysia): A summary and synthesis. Australian Journal of Botany 63:1-16.

94) Ghasemi, R., Z. Zare Chavoshi, R.S. Boyd and N. Rajakaruna. 2015. Calcium: magnesium ratio affects environmental stress sensitivity in the serpentine endemic Alyssum inflatum Nyár. (Brassicaceae). Australian Journal of Botany 63:39-46.

93) Cheruiyot, D.J., R.S. Boyd and W.J. Moar. 2015. Elemental defense and the joint effects hypothesis: an initial test using Spodoptera exigua (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae). Journal of Chemical Ecology 41:168-177.

Ghasemi, R., Zohreh Z. Chavoshi, R.S. Boyd and N. Rajakaruna. 2014. A preliminary study of the role of nickel in enhancing flowering of the nickel hyperaccumulating plant Alyssum inflatum Nyár. (Brassicaceae). South African Journal of Botany 92:47-52. 

Rajakaruna, N. and R.S. Boyd. 2014. Serpentine Soils. In David Gibson, Ed. Oxford Bibliographies in Ecology. New York, Oxford University Press. Feb. 25, 2014.

Boyd, R.S. 2013. Exploring tradeoffs in hyperaccumulator ecology and evolution. New Phytologist 199:871-872.

Wiggers, M.S., L.K. Kirkman, R.S. Boyd and J.K. Hiers. 2013. Fine-scale variation in surface fire environment and legume germination in the longleaf pine ecosystem. Forest Ecology and Management 310:54-63.

Boyd, R.S. and N. Rajakaruna. 2013. Heavy Metal Tolerance. In David Gibson, Ed. Oxford Bibliographies in Ecology. New York, Oxford University Press. Sept. 30, 2013. 

Moffett, J.M. and R.S. Boyd. 2013. Management of a population of the federally endangered Xyris tennesseensis(Tennessee Yellow-Eyed Grass). Castanea 78:198-212.

Cheruiyot, D.J., R.S. Boyd, T.A. Coudron and P. Cobine. 2013. Biotransfer, bioaccumulation and effects of herbivore dietary Co, Cu, Ni and Zn on growth and development of the insect predator Podisus maculiventris (Say) (Hemiptera: Pentatomidae). Journal of Chemical Ecology 39:764-772.

Cheruiyot, D.J., R.S. Boyd and W.J. Moar. 2013. Exploring lower limits of plant elemental defense by cobalt, copper, nickel and zinc. Journal of Chemical Ecology 39:666-674.

Pope, N., M. Fong, R.S. Boyd and N. Rajakaruna. 2013. The role of elevation and soil chemistry in the distribution and ion accumulation of floral morphs of Streptanthus polygaloides Gray (Brassicaceae), a Californian nickel hyperaccumulator. Plant Ecology and Diversity DOI:10.1080/17550874.2013.783141

Boyd, R.S. 2012. Plant defense using toxic inorganic ions: Conceptual models of the Defensive Enhancement and Joint Effects Hypotheses. Plant Science 195:88-95.


Undergraduate Graduate
Conservation Biology Learning Community - UNIV1000
Introduction to Biology - BIOL1000
Organismal Biology - BIOL1030
Principles of Ecology - BIOL3060
Conservation Biology - BIOL5090
Plant Ecology - BIOL5140
Conservation Biology - BIOL6090
Plant Ecology - BIOL6140
Plant-Animal Interactions - BIOL7560

Last updated: 08/04/2015