Professor Boyd graduated with a PhD in Marine Microbial Ecology from the Queen’s University of Belfast (Ireland). He commenced his career as a postdoctoral researcher at Plymouth Marine Laboratory (UK), followed by a four year postdoc in the School of Oceanography (University of British Columbia, Canada), after which Boyd moved in 1996 to the National Institute of Water and Atmosphere (NIWA) to a Phytoplankton Ecologist position. In New Zealand, he was located in a newly established collaborative centre – the NIWA Centre for Chemical and Physical Oceanography – at the University of Otago, Dunedin. Boyd took up an appointment as a Professor of Marine Biogeochemistry in May 2013 at IMAS at the University of Tasmania.
Professor Boyd’s research from his PhD onwards has been characterised by transdisciplinary projects that strive to bring together often disparate disciplines to better understand a wide range of inextricably linked ocean processes. His fundamental contributions to international research straddle four major interlinked themes: environmental controls on marine phytoplankton processes; phytoplankton controls on carbon sequestration into the deep ocean; the oceanic biogeochemical cycle of iron; and how changing ocean conditions will alter productivity and ecosystem performance.
Boyd, P.W., S.T. Lennartz, D.M. Glover and Scott C. Doney (2015) Biological ramifications of climate-change mediated oceanic multi-stressors. Nature Climate Change, 5, 71-79. DOI:10.1038/NCLIMATE2441.
Boyd, P.W. and C.J. Brown (2015) Modes of interactions between environmental drivers and marine biota. Front. Mar. Sci. – Global Change and the Future Ocean, DOI: 10.3389/fmars.2015.00009.
Cornwall, CE and Boyd, PW and McGraw, CM and Hepburn, CD and Pilditch, CA and Smith, AM and Hurd, CL, (2014) “Diffusion boundary layers ameliorate the negative effects of ocean acidification on the temperate coralline macroalga Arthrocardia corymbosa”, PLoS One, 9 (5) Article e97235. ISSN 1932-6203.
Tatters, A. O., Roleda, M. Y., Schnetzer, A., Fu, F. X., Hurd, C. L., Boyd, P. W., . . . Hutchins, D. A. (2013). Short- and long-term conditioning of a temperate marine diatom community to acidification and warming. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B-Biological Sciences, 368(1627). doi: 10.1098/rstb.2012.0437
Reusch, T. B. H., & Boyd, P. W. (2013). Experimental evolution meets marine phytoplankton. Evolution, 67(7), 1849-1859. doi: 10.1111/evo.12035
Boyd, P. W. (2013a). Framing biological responses to a changing ocean. Nature Climate Change, 3(6), 530-533. doi: 10.1038/nclimate1881
Boyd, P. W. (2013b). Diatom traits regulate Southern Ocean silica leakage. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 110(51), 20358-20359. doi: 10.1073/pnas.13203