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Spring 2023: Asian and European Exploration

Ed Boyer

Prescott College

Ed Boyer is Director of Environmental Studies and Sustainability at Prescott College in Arizona where he has been a member of the faculty for the past 28 years. For the majority of that time, Dr. Boyer directed the college’s field station in Mexico on the Gulf of California, developing a marine studies curriculum, teaching marine biology, and building programs and infrastructure of the field station. At Prescott College, he has taught everything from Anatomy to Zoology with an emphasis on field marine ecology courses, introductory biology, and ecology. One of his passions is field training and having a positive impact on student success; “I most enjoy working one-on-one with students to help them discover their interests and develop useful academic skills, especially in field settings.”

Dr. Boyer holds degrees from the University of Arizona (Ph.D., 1987 and Masters, 1980 in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology), Arizona State University (B.S. in Zoology, 1978), and UCLA (A.S. in Engineering, 1975). Over the past 40 years, he has lead hundreds of field courses and expeditions in the Gulf of California, Mexico, and Baja California, ranging from weekend field trips to three month long intensive immersive field courses.

His research interests have included the study of the complexity and stability of ecological communities and the factors that impact species diversity; marine mammals, particularly the Gulf of California Vaquita; Intertidal Ecology and Invertebrate Zoology. Dr. Boyer has studied at field stations from the Pacific Northwest, to the American Southwest, in Mexico, and in the Bahamas. He has been involved with the Organization of Biological Field Stations, the National Science Foundation, and with members of the federal government advocating for the funding of field research and education.

Ed’s other interests include reading, history, travel, music/guitar, snorkeling, drinking coffee and eating cookies.