Stephane Boyer

Research Fellow
Environmental and Animal Sciences
Location: Building 115, Room 1013

Professional memberships

Society for Ecological Restoration (SER)
Society for Conservation Biology (SCB)
International Association for Ecology (INTECOL)
New Zealand Ecological Society (NZES)

Profile

Stéphane teaches Behavioral Ecology, Applied Animal Behaviour, Conservation Sciences, Restoration Ecology and Molecular Ecology in the Bachelor of Applied Science.
His research background is on the the conservation of endemic animals and the restoration of native ecosystems. Current research projects focus on trophic interactions in natural and agricultural landscapes and the development of new molecular tools for bioprotection and conservation research. This includes molecular analysis of trophic interactions using environmental metabarcoding techniques and the development of non-invasive DNA sampling methods.

 

Publications

Nboyine, J. A., Saville, D., Boyer, S., Cruickshank, R. H., & Wratten, S. D. (2017). When host-plant resistance to a pest leads to higher plant damage. Journal of Pest Science (Vol. 90).

Kim, Y-N., Robinson, B., Horswell, J., Boyer, S., & Dickinson, N. (2017). Biochemical impacts of endemic Maoridrilus earthworms (Megascolecidae) in biosolids-amended soil. Journal of Environmental Quality (Vol. 46).

Kim, Y.-N., Robinson, B., Lee, K.-A., Boyer, S., & Dickinson, N. (2017). Interactions between earthworm burrowing, growth of a leguminous shrub and nitrogen cycling in a former agricultural soil. Applied Soil Ecology (Vol. 110(February 2017)).

Boyer, S. (2016). NextGen Voices : Political priorities. New Zealand, AAAS (Vol. 351(6268)).

Varennes, Y.-D., Chang, M. G., Boyer, S., & Wratten, S. D. (2016). Nectar feeding increases exploratory behaviour in the aphid parasitoid Diaeretiella rapae (McIntosh). Journal of Applied Entomology (Vol. 140).

Boyer, S., Lefort, M.-C., Varennes, Y.-D., & Wratten, S. D. (2016). Untangling aphid-based food webs using high-throughout DNA sequencing. New Zealand Molecular Ecology Conference, Shakespear Regional Park.

Boyer, S., Kim, Y.-N., Bowies, M., Dickinson, N., Hodge, S., hahner, J., & Black, L. (2016). Rapid response of earthworm communities to aboveground restoration. Joint conference of the New Zealand Ecological Society and the Society for Ecological Restoration Australasia chapter (ERA), Hamilton, New Zealand.

González-Chang, M., 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 (Vol. 9).

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 (Vol. 5).
http://hdl.handle.net/10652/3314

Boyer, S., Lefort, M.-C., & Winder, L. (2016). Rethinking Ecology - Challenging Current Thinking in Ecological Research. Rethinking Ecology, Pensoft (Vol. 1).

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 (Vol. 40 (1)).
http://hdl.handle.net/10652/3587

Smith, C.M.S., Bowie, M.H., Hahner, J.L., Boyer, S., Kim, Y.-N., Zhong, H.-T., Abbott, M., Rhodes, S., 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 (Vol. 136).

Varennes, Y.-D., Boyer, S., & Wratten, S. D. (2016). Oilseed rape nectar enhances longevity of an aphid parasitoid more than does host honeydew. Biocontrol (Vol. 61(6)).

Boyer, S., Snyder, W. E., & Wratten, S. D. (2016). Editorial: Molecular and isotopic approaches to food webs in agroecosystems. Food Webs, Elsevier Inc. (Vol. 9).

Nboyine, J. A., Boyer, S., Saville, D., Smith, M. J., & Wratten, S. D. (2016). Ground wētā in vines of the Awatere Valley, Marlborough: biology, density and distribution. New Zealand Journal of Zoology (Vol. 43(4)).

Sprague, R., Wratten, S. D., & Boyer, S. (2016). Using next generation sequencing to identify botanical origin of pollen collected from foraging honey- bees. Joint conference of the New Zealand Ecological Society and the Society for Ecological Restoration Australasia chapter (ERA), Hamilton, New Zealand.

Boyer, S. (2016). Ecosystem-scale translocation, a holistic approach to mine restoration. Joint conference of the New Zealand Ecological Society and the Society for Ecological Restoration Australasia chapter (ERA), Hamilton, New Zealand.

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 (Vol. 24(6)).

Sandhu, H., Waterhouse, B., Boyer, S., & Wratten, S. D. (2016). Scarcity of ecosystem services: an experimental manipulation of declining pollination rates and its economic consequences for agriculture. PeerJ (Vol. 4).
http://hdl.handle.net/10652/3684

Boyer, S. (2016). Full speed ahead to the City on the Hill. Science (Vol. 6288).

Sprague, R., Boyer, S., Stevenson, G. M., & Wratten, S. D. (2016). Assessing pollinators' use of floral resource subsidies in agri-environment schemes: An illustration using Phacelia tanacetifolia and honeybees. PeerJ (Vol. 4).
http://hdl.handle.net/10652/3764

Buckley, T., Boyer, S., Bartlam, S., Hitchmough, R., Rolf, J., & Stringer, I. (2015). New Zealand Conservation status of New Zealand earthworms, 2014. Auckland, Department Of Conservation (Vol. DOCCDM 1227707).
http://hdl.handle.net/10652/3524

Lefort, M.-C., Boyer, S., Vereijssen, J., Sprague, R., Glare, T., & Worner, S. (2015). Preference of a native beetle for "exoticism", characteristics that contribute to invasive success of Costelytra zealandica (Scarabaeidae: Melolonthinae). PeerJ (Vol. 3).
http://hdl.handle.net/10652/3456

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 in the New Zealand grass grub Costelytra zealandica. New Zealand Journal of Ecology (Vol. 39(1)).
http://hdl.handle.net/10652/3457

Kim, Y.-N., Robinson, B., Boyer, S., Zhang, H.-T., & Dickinson, N. (2015). Interactions of native and introduced earthworms with soils and plant rhizospheres in production landscapes of New Zealand. Applied Soil Ecology (Vol. 96).

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 (Vol. 3).

Sprague, R., Boyer, S., & Wratten, S.D. (2015). Using Next Generation Sequencing to identify botanical origin of pollen collected from foraging honeybees. 6th International Barcode of Life Conference, Guelph (Canada).

Chang, M.G., Wratten, S.D., Lefort, M.-C., & Boyer, S. (2015). Food webs and biological control. A review of molecular tools used to reveal trophic interactions in agricultural systems. New Zealand Molecular Ecology Conference, Kaikoura.

Kim, Y.-N., Zhong, H.-T., Dickinson, N., Robinson, B., Boyer, S., & Lee, K.-A. (2015). Endemic earthworms and their biogeochemical impacts in New Zealand soil ecosystem. New Zealand Ecological Society Conference, Christchurch.

Lefort, M.-C., Boyer, S., Barun, A., Emami-Khoyi, A., Ridden, J., Smith, V., Sprague, R., Waterhouse, B.R., & Cruickshank, R.H. (2015). Blood, sweat and tears: non- disruptive DNA sampling, addressing more than just physical integrity. New Zealand Ecological Society Conference, Christchurch (NZ).

Nboyine, J., Cruickshank, R.H., Boyer, S., & Wratten, S.D. (2015). Conserving a pest species: ground weta in Marlborough vineyards. New Zealand Ecological Society Conference, Christchurch (NZ).

Lefort, M.-C., Ridden, J., Boyer, S., Cruickshank, R., & Glare, T. (2015). One of the worst New Zealand pastoral pests on the verge of sympatric speciation? New Zealand Ecological Society Conference, Christchurch (NZ).

Boyer, S. (2015). NextGen Voices - The paper screamer. Science (Vol. 348).

Lefort, M.-C., Boyer, S., Varennes, Y.-D., Shields, M., & Wratten, S.D. (2015). Complex pest food-web interactions untangled using high-throughput DNA sequencing - the example of NZ and UK aphid webs. New Zealand Ecological Society Conference, Chirstchurch (NZ).

Boyer, S., Winkworth, R., Cruickshank, R.H., Roux, G., Dobbs, J., & Bowie, M.H. (2015). Using Morphological and Molecular Approaches to Determine the Diet of Ground Beetle Candidates for Translocation to Quail Island. New Zealand Ecological Society Conference, Christchurch (NZ).

Boyer, S., Kim, Y.-N., Bowie, M.H., Hanhner, J., & Dickinson, N.M. (2015). Rapid Response of Earthworm Communities to Above-Ground Restoration. 6th World Conference on Ecological Restoration (SER 2015), Manchester (UK).

Boyer, S. (2015). Ecosystem-scale translocation for the restoration of opencast mines. 6th World Conference on Ecological Restoration (SER 2015), Manchester (UK).

Boyer, S. (2015). Translocating ecosystems to restore opencast mines. New Zealand Ecological Society Conference, Christchurch.

Boyer, S. (2015). NextGen Voices - Postdocs reimagined. Science (Vol. 349).

Boyer, S., Waterhouse, B. R., Adair, K. L., & Wratten, S. D. (2014). The potential and risks of using biosolids to restore opencast mines. Poster session presented at the meeting of Unknown Conference. Society for Ecological Restoration Australasia (SERA) meeting, Noumea (New Caledonia).

Lefort, M.-C., Boyer, S., De Romans, S., ArmstrongGlare, T. R., Armstrong, K., & Worner, S. (2014). Invasion success of a scarab beetle within its native range: host range expansion versus host-shift. PeerJ (Vol. 2).

Varennes, Y.-D., Boyer, S., & Wratten, S. (2014). Un-nesting DNA Russian dolls - the potential for constructing food webs using residual DNA in empty aphid mummies. Molecular Ecology (Vol. 23).

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 (Vol. 2).

Waterhouse, B.R., 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 (Vol. 15 (7)).

Boyer, S. (2014). Fauna in decline: The community way. Science (Vol. 346).

Adair, K.L., 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 (Vol. 68).

Waterhouse, B.R., 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 (Vol. 70).

Waterhouse, B.R., Boyer, S., & Wratten, S.D. (2014). Pyrosequencing of prey DNA in faeces of carnivorous land snails to facilitate ecological restoration and relocation programmes. Oecologia (Vol. 175 (2)).

Smith, C., Hahner, J., Bowie, M., Boyer, S., Dickinson, N., Rhodes, S., & Sharp, D. (2014). Punakaiki Coastal Restoration Project: a case study for a consultative and multidisciplinary approach in selecting indicators of restoration success for a sands mining closure site, West Coast, New Zealand. 20th World Congress of Soil Science, Jeju (Korea).

Bowie, M. H., Boyer, S., Dickinson, N., Hanher, J., Mountier, C., & Smith, C. (2014). Invertebrate indicators of restoration success in the Punakaiki ecological restoration project. 63rd New Zealand Entomological Society Conference, Queenstown (NZ).

Boyer, S., Kim, Y. N., Bowie, M. H., Dickinson, N. M., Hodge, S., & Hahner, J. (2014). Below-ground invasion, the coexistence of exotic and endemic earthworms in New Zealand soils. New Zealand Ecological Society Conference in Palmerston North, New Zealand. New Zealand Ecological Society Conference (NZES), Palmerston North.

Boyer, S., Bowie, M. H., Dickinson, N. M., & Hahner, J. (2014). Rapid response of earthworm communities to above-ground restoration. Society for Ecological Restoration Australasia Meeting (SERA), Nouméa, New Caledonia.

Boyer, S., Abbott, M., Bowie, M.H., Dickinson, N.M., Hahner, J., Rhodes, S.H., Sharp, D., & Smith, C.M. (2014). Coastal Restoration Project: a case study for a consultative and multidisciplinary approach in selecting indicators of restoration success for a sands mining closure site, West Coast, New Zealand. Society for Ecological Restoration Australasia (SERA) meeting, Noumea (New Caledonia).

Lefort, M.-C., Barrat, B. I. P., Marris, J. W. M., & 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 (Vol. 36(1)).

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 (Vol. 36).

Greenslade, P., Boyer, S., & Wratten, S. D. (2013). New records of springtails in New Zealand pasture: how well are our pastoral invertebrates known ? New Zealand Journal of Agricultural Research (Vol. 56).

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 (Vol. 103).

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 (Vol. 8(9)).

Boyer, S., Brown, S. D. J., Collins, R. A., Cruickshank, R. H., Lefort, M.-C., 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 (Vol. 7(5)).

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 (Vol. 12(3)).

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 (Vol. 12).