About me

Stéphane Boyer

I am an Associate Professor at Unitec institute of Technology, Auckland New Zealand.

 

My research focuses on the conservation of endemic animals and the restoration of native ecosystems. I am particularly interested in the study of predator-prey and host-parasitoid relationships in managed and unmanaged ecosystems, the use of environmental DNA and the development of non-invasive DNA sampling for biodiversity monitoring and species discovery. To do this, I use high-throughput DNA sequencing on a variety of platforms.
Get in touch by email: sboyer(at)unitec.ac.nz
Or follow me on twitter: @Zelpapang
I work in the Applied Molecular Solutions 
research group, a Unitec-based research focus dedicated to developing and using DNA-based technology to address applied issues.
Read about AMS research in the
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My Research

My Lab

My research goes beyond Molecular Ecology and also touches on aspects of Conservation Biology, Restoration Ecology and the study of Invasive species.
Click on a project below, 
or have a closer look on My research page
Trophic interactions

Trophic interactions

Conservation of Powelliphanta snails

Conservation of Powelliphanta snails

Ecological restoration

Ecological restoration

Advanced genomics

Advanced genomics

Ecology of New Zealand earthworms

Ecology of New Zealand earthworms

Invasive insect species

Invasive insect species

Science outreach

Science outreach

I have recently launched a new peer-review journal called Rethinking Ecology.
This open access journal published by Pensoft aims at fostering both forward thinking and the publication of novel ideas in ecology. Rethinking Ecology publishes Perspective papers, Rapid communications and Responses with an emphasis on new hypotheses and bold ideas. Contributions from any aspect of the discipline of ecology are welcome (e.g. evolution, ecophysiology, environmental sciences, global change biology, human ecology and decision ecology).
Listen to my interview about the journal on Radio Live. For up to date information, you can follow my Rethinking Ecology project on ResearchGate or follow the journal's Facebook page.
Publish with us for FREE. Submit your manuscript in 2017 and all publication fees will be waived.

Science outreach 

I have been involved in a number of science outreach events and have been leading citizen science projects in collaboration with students from several primary schools in Auckland.
More info on the page Molecular Ecology in Action.
Citizen science projects:
Science outreach activities

My
Publications

2017

55. González-Chang M., Boyer S., Creasy G.L., Lefort M.-C., Wratten S.D. (2017) Mussel shell mulch can increase vineyard sustainability by changing scarab pest behaviour. Agronomy for Sustainable Development, In Press.
 
54. Lefort M-C., Boyer S., Glare T. (2017) A response to Pennisi - “How do gut microbiomes help herbivores”, a hint into next-generation biocontrol solutions. Rethinking Ecology, 1: 9-13. PDF URL
53. Olmos-Pérez L., Roura A., Pierce G.J., Boyer S., Gonzàlez A.F. (2017) Diet composition and variability of wild Octopus vulgaris and Alloteuthis media (Cephalopoda) paralarvae through a metagenomic lens. Frontiers in Physiology, 8: 321. PDF URL
52. Boyer S. (2017) Outside the tower: Nature’s treasure hunt. Science, 356 (6336), 387-387. PDF URL
51. González-Chang M., Boyer S., Lefort M.-C., Nboyine J.A., Wratten S.D. (2017) Ecological and pest-management implications of sex differences in scarab landing patterns on grape vines. PeerJ, 5, e3213. PDF URL
 
50. Kim Y.-N., Dickinson N., Bowies M., Robinson B., Boyer S. Molecular identification and distribution of native and exotic earthworms in New Zealand human-modified Soils. New Zealand Journal of Ecology, 42, In Press.
DOI: 10.20417/nzjecol.41.23 
PDF URL
 
49. Kim Y.-N., Robinson B., Horswell J., Boyer S., Dickinson N. Biochemical impacts of endemic Maoridrilus earthworms (Megascolecidae) in biosolids-amended soil. Journal of Environmental Quality, 46, 177-184. PDF URL
 
48. Nboyine J.A., Boyer S., Saville D., Cruickshank R.H., Wratten S.D. Agro-ecological management of a soil-dwelling orthopteran pest in vineyards. Insect Science, In Press. DOI: 10.1111/1744-7917.12425 PDF URL
47. Kim Y.-N., Robinson B., Lee K.-A., Boyer S., Dickinson N. Interactions between earthworm burrowing, growth of a leguminous shrub and nitrogen cycling in a former agricultural soil. Applied Soil Ecology,  110, 79–87. PDF URL
46. Greenslade P., Boyer S., Shields M., Wratten S.D. First record of a possible predatory collembolan species Dicyrtoma fusca in New Zealand. Austral Entomology, In Press. DOI: 10.1111/aen.12240 PDF URL
45. Nboyine J.A., Saville D., Cruickshank R.H., Boyer S., Wratten S.D. (2016) When host-plant resistance to a pest leads to higher plant damage. Journal of Pest Science,  90: 173-182. PDF URL

2016

44. Boyer S., Lefort M.-C., Winder L (2016) Rethinking Ecology – Challenging Current Thinking in Ecological Research. Rethinking Ecology 1: 1-8. PDF URL
43. Sprague R., Boyer S., Stevenson G., Wratten S.D. (2016) Assessing pollinators’ use of floral resource subsidies in agri-environment schemes: An illustration using Phacelia tanacetifolia and honeybees. PeerJ, 4:e2677. PDF URL
42. Boyer S., Snyder W.E., Wratten S.D. (2016) Editorial: Molecular and isotopic approaches to food webs in agroecosystems. Food Webs, 9, 1-3. PDF URL
41. Boyer S., Kim Y.-N., Bowie M.H., Lefort M.-C., Dickinson N.M. (2016) Response of endemic and exotic earthworm communities to ecological restoration. Restoration Ecology, 24 (6), 717-721. PDF URL
40. Boyer S. (2016) Full speed ahead to the City on the Hill. Science, 352 (6288), 889. PDF URL
39. Sandhu H., Waterhouse B.R., Boyer S., Wratten S.D. (2016) Scarcity of ecosystem services: an experimental manipulation of declining pollination rates and its economic consequences for agriculture. PeerJ, 4:e2099. PDF URL
 
38. Gonzáles-Chang M.A.G, Wratten S.D., Lefort M.-C., Boyer S. (2016) Food webs and biological control. A review of molecular tools used to reveal trophic interactions in agricultural systems. Food Webs, 9, 4-11. PDF URL
 
37. Nboyine J.A., Boyer S., Saville D., Smith M.J., Wratten S.D. (2016) Ground weta in vines of the Awatere Valley, Marlborough: biology, density and distribution. New Zealand Journal of Zoology, 43 (4), 336-350. PDF URL
36. Boyer S., Case B.S., Lefort M.-C. Waterhouse B.R., Wratten S.D. (2016) Can ecosystem-scale translocations mitigate the impact of climate change on terrestrial biodiversity? Promises, pitfalls, and possibilities [version 1; referees: 2 approved]. F1000Research 2016, 5:146. PDF URL
 
35. Boyer S. (2016) NextGen Voices - How political priorities affect young scientists's ability to do and communicate science. Science, 352(6268), 20-22. PDF URL
 
34. Varennes Y.-D., Chang M., Boyer S., Wratten S.D. (2016) Nectar feeding increases exploratory behaviour in the aphid parasitoid Diaeretiella rapae (McIntosh). Journal of Applied Entomology, 140, 479–483. PDF URL
 
33. Varennes Y.-D., Boyer S., Wratten S.D. (2016) Nectar from oilseed rape and floral subsidies enhances longevity of an aphid parasitoid more than does host honeydew. Biocontrol, 61(6), 631-638. PDF URL
 
32. Bowie M.H., Black L., Boyer S., Dickinson N.M., Hodge S. (2016) Persistence of biodiversity in a dryland remnant within an intensified dairy farm landscape. New Zealand Journal of Ecology, 40(1), 121-130. PDF URL
 
31. Smith C., Bowie M.H., Hahner J.L., Boyer S., Kim Y.-N., Zhong H.-T., Abbott M., Rhodes S.H., Sharp D., Dickinson N. (2016) Punakaiki Coastal Restoration Project: a case study for a consultative and multidisciplinary approach in selecting indicators of restoration success for a sand mining closure site, West Coast, New Zealand. CATENA, 136, 91–103. PDF URL

2015

30. Lefort M.-C., Boyer S., Vereijssen J., Sprague R., Glare T.R., Worner S.P.A (2015) Preference of a native beetle for "exoticism", characteristics that contribute to invasive success of Costelytra zealandica (Scarabaeidae: Melolonthinae). PeerJ, 3, e1454. PDF URL
 
29. Kim Y.-N., Robinson B., Boyer S., Zhong H.-T., Dickinson N. (2015) Native, exotic and novel: earthworms, soils and plants in New Zealand’s production landscapes. Applied Soil Ecology, 96, 141-150. PDF URL
 
28. Boyer S., Cruickshank R.H., Wratten S.D. (2015) Faeces of generalist predators as ‘biodiversity capsules’: a new tool for biodiversity assessment in remote and inaccessible habitats. Food Webs, 3, 1-6. PDF URL
 
27. Lefort M.-C., Worner S.P., Rostas M., Vereijsen J., Boyer S. (2015) Responding positively to plant defences, a candidate key trait for invasion success in phytophagous insects. New Zealand Journal of Ecology, 39(1), 128-132. PDF URL

 

2014

26. Boyer S. (2014) Fauna in decline: The community way. Science, 346, 821–821. PDF URL
25. Lefort M.-C., Brown S.D.J., Boyer S., Worner S.P., Armstrong K. (2014) The PGI enzyme system and fitness response to temperature as a measure of environmental tolerance in an invasive species. PeerJ, 2, e676. PDF URL
 
24. Waterhouse B., Adair K.L., Boyer S., Wratten S.D. (2014) Advanced mine restoration protocols facilitate early recovery of soil microbial biomass, activity and functional diversity. Basic and Applied Ecology. 15(7), 599-606. PDF URL
 
23. Waterhouse B., Boyer S., Adair K.L. Wratten S.D. (2014) Using municipal biosolids in ecological restoration: what is good for plants and soil may not be good for endemic earthworms. Ecological Engineering, 70, 414-421. PDF URL
 
22. Adair K., Wratten S.D., Barnes A.-M., Waterhouse B.R., Smith M., Lear G., Weber P., Pizey M., Boyer S. (2014) Effects of biosolids on biodiesel crop yield and belowground communities. Ecological Engineering, 68, 270-278. PDF URL
 
21. Waterhouse B., Boyer S., Wratten S.D. (2014) Pyrosequencing of prey DNA in faeces of carnivorous land snails to facilitate ecological restoration and relocation programmes. Oecologia. 175 (2), 737-746. PDF URL
 
20. Varennes Y.-D., Boyer S., Wratten S.D. (2014) Un-nesting DNA Russian dolls – the potential for rapid construction of food webs using residual DNA in empty aphid mummies. Molecular Ecology, 23 (15), 3925–3933. PDF URL
 
19. Lefort M.-C., Boyer S., De Romans S., Armstrong K. Glare T.R., Worner S.P. (2014) Invasion success of a scarab beetle within its native range: host range expansion versus host-shift? PeerJ, 2, e262. PDF URL

 

2013

18. Boyer S., Wratten S.D., Holyoake A., Abdelkrim J., Cruickshank R.H. (2013) Using next-generation sequencing to analyse the diet of a highly endangered land snail (Powelliphanta augusta) feeding on endemic earthworms. PLoS One, 8(9), e75962. PDF URL
 
17. Greenslade P., Boyer S., Wratten S. (2013). New records of springtails in New Zealand pasture: how well are our pastoral invertebrates known ? New Zealand Journal of Agricultural  Research 56, 93–101. PDF URL
 
16. Versteirt V., Boyer S., Damiens D., De Clercq E.M., Dekoninck W., Ducheyne E., Grootaert P., Garros C., Hance T., Hendrickx G., Coosemans M., & Van Bortel W. (2013) Nationwide inventory of mosquito biodiversity (Diptera: Culicidae) in Belgium, Europe. Bulletin of entomological research, 103, 193–203. PDF URL
 
15. Lefort M.-C., Barrat B., Marris J., Boyer S. (2013) Combining molecular and morphological approaches to differentiate the pest Costelytra zealandica (White) (Coleoptera: Scarabeidae: Melolonthinae) from the non-pest Costelytra brunneum (Broun) at the larval stage. New Zealand Entomologist 36, 15-21. PDF URL

2012

14. Boyer S., Brown, S.D.J. Collins R.A., Cruickshank R.H., Lefort M.-C.D., Malumbres-Olarte J., Wratten S.D. (2012) Sliding window analyses for optimal selection of mini-barcodes, and application to 454-pyrosequencing for specimen identification from degraded DNA. PLOS One, 7(5), e38215. PDF URL 
 
13. Brown S.D.J., Collins R.A, Boyer S., Lefort M.-C., Malumbres-Olarte J., Vink C.J.,  Cruickshank R.H. (2012) SPIDER: An R package for the analysis of species identity and evolution, with particular reference to DNA barcoding. Molecular Ecology Resources, 12(3), 562–565. PDF URL
 
12. Lefort M.-C., Boyer S., Worner S.P., Armstrong K. (2012) Noninvasive molecular methods to identify live scarab larvae: an example of sympatric pest and nonpest species in New Zealand. Molecular Ecology Resources, 12(3), 389–395. PDF URL

2011

11. Boyer S., Blakemore R.J. Wratten S.D. (2011) An integrative taxonomic approach to the identification of three new New Zealand endemic earthworm species (Acanthodrilidae, Octochaetidae: Oligochaeta). Zootaxa, 2994, 21–32. PDF URL
 
10. Boyer S., Wratten S.D., Pizey M., Weber P. (2011) Impact of soil stockpiling and mining rehabilitation on earthworm communities. Pedobiologia, 54S, S99–S102. PDF URL
 
9. Boyer S., Yeates G.W., Wratten S.D., Holyoake A., Cruickshank R.H. (2011) Molecular and morphological analyses of faeces to investigate the diet of earthworm predators: Example of a carnivorous land snail endemic to New Zealand. Pedobiologia, 54S, S153–S158. PDF URL

 

2010 and older

8. Boyer S., Wratten S.D. (2010) The potential of earthworms to restore ecosystem services after opencast mining - A review. Basic and Applied Ecology, 11: 196–203. PDF URL
 
7. Boyer S., Wratten S.D. (2010) Using molecular tools to identify New Zealand endemic earthworms in a mine restoration project. Zoology in the Middle East 49: S31–S40. PDF URL 
 
6. Secondi J., Aumjaud A., Pays O., Boyer S., Montembeau D., Violleau D. (2007) Water Turbidity Affects the Development of Sexual Morphology in the Palmate Newt. Ethology 113: 711-720. PDF URL
 
5. Boyer S., Rivault, C. (2006) Impact of human activity on the distribution of native and non-native cockroach species (Dictyoptera) in La Réunion and Mayotte. Bulletin of Entomological Research, 96: 399–406. PDF URL
 
4. Boyer S., Rivault, C. (2006) Habitat selection and coexistence of cockroach species (Dictyoptera) in sugar-cane fields on Réunion Island. Acta Oecologica 29: 16-26. PDF URL
 
3. Boyer S., Rivault C. (2004) Interspecific competition for food and shelter in cockroaches. Entomologia Experimentalis et Applicata 113: 15-23. PDF URL
 
2. Boyer S., Rivault C. (2004) Life history traits of cockroaches in sugar-cane fields in La Réunion (Blattodae: Blattellidae and Blaberidae). Oriental Insects 38: 373-388. PDF URL
 
1. Boyer S., Rivault C. (2003) La Réunion and Mayotte Cockroaches: impact of altitude and human activity. Comptes Rendus Biologie 326: 210-216. PDF URL

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