Katharyn Boyer to lead the Estuary & Ocean Science Center

Author: AMO
June 1, 2022

Dr. Katharyn Boyer will become the interim Executive Director of the Estuary & Ocean Science (EOS) Center starting June 6. Kathy has a long history with the EOS Center, having started her position here over 18 years ago as an assistant professor in the Department of Biology. Since then, she has built a strong and well-funded research program in coastal ecology, specializing in science-informed restoration to increase the resiliency of estuarine habitats and low-lying, vulnerable human communities.

Kathy has been lead scientist on several multi-institution “living shorelines” projects, which incorporate habitat restoration into shoreline protection and investigate the role of aquatic species in carbon storage and amelioration of ocean acidification. She is actively involved in advancing science and informing policy related to these types of projects, including as an advisor to the California Ocean Science Trust’s Equitable Nature-Based Coastal Adaptation program.

Kathy has also been actively involved in developing undergraduate and graduate programs to immerse SF State students in marine ecology and conservation problems and solutions. Her teaching focuses on applying basic ecological understanding and scientific methodology to conservation and management problems, especially in response and adaptation to climate change. She earned a B.S. in Zoology at the University of Maryland, College Park, an M.S. in Biology/Ecology at San Diego State, and a Ph.D. in Biology/Ecology at UCLA. She is a fellow of the California Academy of Sciences and received the 2021 Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation William A. Niering Outstanding Educator Award as well as the 2021 San Francisco State University Distinguished Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching. Kathy is uniquely qualified to take the reins at the EOS Center. She has a deep understanding of the Center’s needs and complexities and a strong enthusiasm for growing educational and research initiatives and strengthening ties with University programs.

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