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Robert S. Boyd
Biological Sciences
Professor and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the College of Sciences and Mathematics

Office: 249 Science Center Classrooms

315 Roosevelt Concourse, Science Center Classrooms Building

Phone: (334) 844-1626
Fax: (334) 844-1645

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

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

1) Echevarria, G., A. Baker, R. Boyd, A. van der Ent, T. Mizuno, N. Rajakaruna, S. Sakaguchi and A. Bani. 2018. A global forum on ultramafic ecosystems: from ultramafic ecology to rehabilitation of degraded environments. Ecological Research 33:517-522.

2) Mincey, K.A. and R.S. Boyd. 2018. Elemental defense of nickel hyperaccumulator seeds against a generalist insect granivore. Ecological Research 33:561-570.

3) Ghasemi, R., H. Share, R. Sharifi and R.S. Boyd. 2018. Inducing Ni sensitivity in the Ni hyperaccumulator plant Alyssum inflatum Nyárády (Brassicaceae) by transforming with CAX1, a vacuolar membrane calcium transporter. Ecological Research 33:737-747.

4) Mincey, K.A., P.A. Cobine and R.S. Boyd. 2018. Nickel hyperaccumulation by Streptanthus polygaloides is associated with herbivory tolerance. Ecological Research 33:571-580.

5) Paris, N.J., and R.S. Boyd. 2018. Floral biology of the federally threatened Apios priceana (Fabaceae). Journal of the Torrey Botanical Society 145:163-174.

6) Paris, N.J., J.M. Cruse-Sanders and R.S. Boyd. 2018. Propagation by cuttings of the federally threatened Apios priceana (Fabaceae). Castanea 83:77-87.

7) Wiggers, M.S., J.K. Hiers, A. Barnett, R.S. Boyd and L.K. Kirkman. 2017. Seed heat tolerance and germination of six legume species native to a fire-prone longleaf pine forest. Plant Ecology 218:151-171

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Undergraduate Graduate
Conservation Biology Learning Community - UNIV1100
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: 01/22/2020