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Spring 2023: Asian, African, and European Exploration

Ed Boyer

Prescott College

Ed Boyer is Chairman and Director of Environmental Studies and Sustainability Programs at Prescott College in Arizona where he has been a member of the faculty for the past 30 years. Prior to that he was on the faculty at Snow College (Utah), Arizona Western College, Yavapai College, Pima Community College, and the International Institute of Applied Physiology. For the majority of his time at Prescott Dr. Boyer was the founding director of the college’s field station in Kino Bay, Sonora, Mexico on the Gulf of California, developing a marine studies curriculum, teaching marine biology, and building programs and infrastructure at the field station (Prescott College Kino Bay Center). He has taught everything from Anatomy to Zoology with an emphasis on field marine biology courses, oceanography, introductory biology, and ecology/natural history. 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 led hundreds of field courses and expeditions in the USA and the Gulf of California, Mexico, and Baja California, ranging from weekend field trips to three month long intensive immersive field courses. During the Spring 2023 voyage he will be teaching NR150 – Oceanography and NR370 – Coastal Environmental Ecology.

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 worked at field stations in Alaska, the American Southwest and Pacific and Atlantic Coasts, in Mexico, and 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, and surfing.