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

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).

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., Dickinson, N., Bowie, M., Robinson, B., & Boyer, S. (2017). Molecular identification and distribution of native and exotic earthworms in New Zealand human-modified Soils. New Zealand Journal of Ecology (Vol. 42(2)).

Boyer, S. (2017). Nature's treasure hunt. Science (Vol. 356(6336)).

Nboyine, J.A., Saville, D., Boyer, S., Cruickshank, R.H., & Wratten, S.D. (2017). Erratum to: When host-plant resistance to a pest leads to higher plant damage. Journal of Pest Science (Vol. 90(1)).

Boyer, S., & Lefort, M.-C. (2017). Sequestering seawater on land: A water-based solution to global issues. F1000Research (Vol. 5).

Kim, Y.-N., Robinson, B., Horswell, J., Boyer, S., & Dickinson, N. (2017). Impacts of endemic Maoridrilus earthworms (megascolecidae) in biosolids-amended soil. Journal of Environmental Quality (Vol. 46(1)).

González-Chang, M., Boyer, S., Lefort, M.-C., Nboyine, J., & Wratten, S.D. (2017). Ecological and pest-management implications of sex differences in scarab landing patterns on grape vines. PeerJ (Vol. 2017(4)).

Olmos-Pérez, L., Roura, Á., Pierce, G.J., Boyer, S., & González, Á.F. (2017). Diet composition and variability of wild Octopus vulgaris and Alloteuthis media (cephalopoda) paralarvae through a metagenomic lens. Frontiers in Physiology (Vol. 8(MAY)).
http://hdl.handle.net/10652/4291

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. (Vol. 37(5)).

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)).

Greenslade, P., Boyer, S., Shield, M.W., & Wratten, S.D. (2017). First record of a possible predatory collembolan species, Dicyrtoma fusca (Collembola: Dicyrtomidae), in New Zealand. Austral Entomology (Vol. 56(3)).

Nboyine, J. A., Boyer, S., Saville, D., & Wratten, S. D. (2017). Agro-ecological management of a soil-dwelling orthopteran pest in vineyards. Insect Science (Vol. early online).

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., 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.

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.

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

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

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

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., 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)).

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.

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.

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)).

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).

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)).

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).

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

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

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

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

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

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., 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).

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

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).

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., 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).

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.

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.

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).

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).

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).

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

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

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., 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).
http://hdl.handle.net/10652/4042

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).

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., 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.

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).

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).

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)).

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).

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).

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

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)).

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).

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).
http://hdl.handle.net/10652/4041

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)).

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).

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).

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).

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)).

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).

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)).

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)).