Katharyn Boyer, Ph.D

Coastal Ecologist and Professor

Dr. Katharyn Boyer is a coastal ecologist specializing in science-informed restoration of nearshore habitats including tidal marshes, seagrass beds, and oyster reefs. A biology professor at San Francisco State University’s Estuary & Ocean Science Center for sixteen years, Dr. Boyer teaches undergrad and graduate students to apply basic ecological understanding and scientific methodology to conservation and management problems. She pioneers restoration techniques for climate change adaptation and resilience, including “green infrastructure” enhancements to reduce shoreline erosion, provide refuge for wildlife during flooding, build carbon stores, and locally mitigate acidifying waters. Growing up on Maryland farmland near the Chesapeake Bay sparked her life-long fascination with the connections between human society and the sea.