Dr. Diana Boyer


Associate Professor of Geology


I am a recent southern transplant taking refuge from the lake effect snow, abundant fossils and glorious black shales of upstate New York.  I have extensive field experience in the basin and range of the western US (Utah, Nevada primarily) and California, as well as the Appalachian basin.  

I am trained as a paleontologist, but use a wide range of tools, in particular inorganic geochemistry and sedimentology, to better understand ocean conditions surrounding the end Devonian mass extinctions, as well as other questions involving Paleozoic communities.

I am excited about getting students involved in my research and getting out in the field in the southern US.

Please feel free to contact me:



Or drop by my office in _Sims 212 B



Boyer, Diana L. and Miller, Charles E., in press, An aligned hypothesis on the feeding habits of Triarthrus beckii inferred from trace fossils preserved in the Utica Shale: Lethaia, DOI: 10.1111/let.12177.

Haddad, Emily, Tuite, Michael L., Martinez, Aaron M., Williford, Kenneth, Boyer, Diana L., Droser, Mary L., and Gordon D. Love, 2016, Lipid biomarker stratigraphic records through the Late Devonian Frasnian/Famennian boundary: Comparison of high- and low-latitude epicontintental marine settings: Organic Geochemistry, 98, p 38-53.

Boyer, Diana L. Haddad, Emily E. and Seeger, Emily S.,* 2014, The last gasp: Pyritized burrows tell the story of de-oxygenation leading into the Frasnian-Famennian extinction event: Palaios, v. 29, p 646-651 doi:10.2110/palo.2014.049.

Boyer, Diana L. and Droser, Mary L., 2011, A Combined Trace and Body Fossil Approach Reveals a High Resolution Record of Oxygen Fluctuations in Devonian Seas: Palaios, v. 26, p. 500-508.

Boyer, D.L., Owens, J.D., Lyons, T.W., and Droser, M.L., 2011, Joining forces: Combined biological and geochemical proxies reveal a complex but refined high-resolution palaeo-oxygen history in Devonian epeiric seas: Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, v. 306, Issues 3-4, p.134-146.

Boyer, D.L. and Wooten, E., 2011, Paleoecology of black and gray shales of central New York: New York State Geological Association Field Trip Guide Book, 83, p.153-162.

Boyer, Diana L. and Droser, Mary L, 2009, Palaeoecological patterns within the dysaerobic biofacies: examples from Devonian black shales of New York State: Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, and Palaeoecology, v. 276, p. 206-216.

Boyer, Diana L. and Droser, Mary L., 2007, Devonian monospecific assemblages: new insights into the ecology of reduced oxygen depositional settings: Lethaia, v. 40, p. 321-334.

Boyer, Diana L., Bottjer, David J., and Droser, Mary L., 2004, Ecological signature of Lower Triassic shell beds of the western United States: Palaios, v. 19, no. 4, p. 372-380.

Boyer, Diana L., and Droser, Mary L., 2003, Shell beds of the Kanosh and Lehman Formations of western Utah: paleoecological and paleoenvironmental interpretations: Brigham Young University, Geology Studies, v. 47, p. 1-15.