Robert S. Boyd
Professor



Office Location:  
026 Rouse Life Sciences Bldg. 

Mailing Address:
101 Rouse Life Sciences Bldg. 
Auburn University, AL 36849
Tel: (334) 844-1626
Fax: (334) 844-1645
Email Robert S. Boyd
The Boyd Lab Webpage



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)



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



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.

Boyd, R.S., A. Teem and M.A. Wall. 2011. Floral biology of an Alabama population of the federally endangered plant, Xyris tennesseensis Kral (Xyridaceae). Castanea 76:255-265.

Goertzen, L.R., J.L. Trusty and R.S. Boyd. 2011. Clonal diversity and structure in the endangered Alabama leather flower Clematis socialis Kral (Ranunculaceae). Journal of the Torrey Botanical Society 138:41-51.

Boyd, R.S. 2010. Elemental defenses of plants by metals. Nature Education Knowledge 1(8):6.

Boyd, R.S. 2010. Heavy metal pollutants and chemical ecology: Exploring new frontiers. Chemoecology DOI: 10.1007/s10886-009-9730-5

Boyd, R.S. 2009. High-nickel insects and nickel hyperaccumulator plants: A review. Insect Science 16:19-31.

Boyd, R.S., A.R. Kruckeberg and N. Rajakaruna. 2009. Biology of ultramafic rocks and soils: Research goals for the future. Northeastern Naturalist 16:422-440.

Boyd, R.S., M.A. Wall and T. Jaffré. 2009. Do tropical nickel hyperaccumulators mobilize metals into epiphytes? A test using bryophytes from New Caledonia. Northeastern Naturalist 16:139-154.

Boyd, R.S., M.A. Davis, M.A. Wall and K. Balkwill. 2009. Host plant-herbivore studies on Chrysolina clathrata (Clark) (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae) from Mpumalanga, South Africa. Insect Science 16:81-88.

Boyd, R.S., M.A. Wall, S.R. Santos and M.A. Davis. 2009. Variation of morphology and elemental concentrations in the California nickel hyperaccumulator Streptanthus polygaloides (Brassicaceae). Northeastern Naturalist 16:21-38.



Undergraduate

Graduate

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

Last updated: 02/27/2014