In the natural world, it is readily apparent that all species are not represented equally. While some species are rare, others are common. However, scientists do not fully understand why such differences in the relative abundance of species exist. The natural world is dynamic and to persist, species must respond successfully to environmental change. Possible ways to do this include adaptation and acclimation. My research explores the potential for closely related rare and common plant species to adapt and acclimate to environmental change. This work aims to address the incredibly fundamental scientific question of why some species are rare while others are common toward advancing ecological theory and rare species conservation efforts.
Grants/Projects in the Past 5 Years
Boyd J (PI; Lead Institution) Collaborative Research: RUI: Reasons for rarity? Exploring acclimatory and adaptive constraints to commonness. National Science Foundation, Division of Environmental Biology, Population and Community Ecology core program. September 2017 – August 2021. $519,385. Award #1655762 (Collaborative Awards #1655521, $218,562; #1655732, $373,745).
Boyd J. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Assessing and enhancing the success of transplantation to support Platanthera integrilabia conservation. January 2017–December 2021. $22,354.
Boyd J. Exploring the development of innovative models to predict species performance from ecologically important trait values. The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, Faculty Research Grant. January 2017–December 2017. $1,174.
Deardorff M (PI); Carver E, Romagni J, Boyd J (co-PIs). Collaborative Research: ASPIRE: Appalachian Students Promoting the Integration of Research in Education. National Science Foundation, Division of Undergraduate Education, Standard Grant program. September 2016–August 2021. $2,112,010. Award #1643402.
Boyd J (PI); Bonsall M, Hiestand J, Carroll A (co-PIs) Investigating intraspecific variability in energetic responses to climate change toward a mechanistic approach to modeling plant species distributions. The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, Collaborative Research Initiative for Sponsored Programs. July 2015–June 2016. $7,962.
Boyd J. Intraspecific variability of climate change responses of Appalachian plant species. The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Faculty Research Grant. July 2014–June 2015. $2,808.
Boyd J. Investigating intraspecific variability of responses of Appalachian plant species to climate change toward an improved understanding of species migration. The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Research and Creative Activity Grant. July 2014–June 2015. $3,861.
Boyd J (PI); Chatzimanolis S, Klug, H, Shaw J, Wilson TP (co-PIs); Potts GE, Spratt HG (major participants). MRI: Acquisition of growth chambers for global change biology research and teaching at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. National Science Foundation, Division of Biological Infrastructure, Major Research Instrumentation. January 2014–December 2016. $342,945. Award #1337530.
Boyd J. Experiential student research to support the federal protection of a rare and locally endemic orchid species. The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, ThinkAchieve Beyond the Classroom program. September 2013–December 2014. $1,470.
Boyd J. Transplantation of Scutellaria montana from Hamilton County Parcel 121 010, TN. S&ME Engineering Consultants. September 2013–August 2014. $5,812.
Boyd JN. How do light and soil moisture availability affect Platanthera integrilabia growth and reproduction? U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. June 2013–December 2015.
Boyd J. How do light and soil moisture availability affect Platanthera integrilabia growth and reproduction? The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Faculty Research Grant. May 2013–December 2014. $2,938.
Boyd JN. 2013 monitoring of the large-flowered skullcap (Scutellaria montana) in the Tennessee Army National Guard Volunteer Training Site (VTS) in Catoosa County, Georgia. The Tennessee Army National Guard. May 2013–September 2013. $18,926.
Boyd JN. Invasive species survey and rare species impact assessment in the Tennessee Army National Guard Volunteer Training Sites. Tennessee Army National Guard. January 2013–December 2014. $89,000.
Publications in the Past 5 Years
Turk JR*, Alp N, Dattilo A, Boyd JN (2017). Cost-benefit analysis of native warm season grasses for transmission line right-of-way revegetation. Ecological Engineering 108: 123-131.
Wilder L**, Boyd JN (2016) Ecophysiological responses of Tsuga canadensis (Eastern Hemlock) to projected atmospheric CO2 and warming. Southeastern Naturalist 15: 697-713.
Boyd JN, Raymond GA**. Call GP, Pistrang MJ (2016) Ecophysiological performance of the rare terrestrial orchid Platanthera integrilabia across contrasting habitats. Plant Ecology 217: 1259-1272.
Peacock J, Covino R, Irvin L, Boyd J, Klug H, Auchter J, Laing C (2016) University faculty perceptions and utilization of popular culture in the classroom. Studies in Higher Education 41: 1-13.
Sikkema JJ*, Boyd JN (2015) Impacts of invasive Ligustrum sinense and Lonicera japonica removal on the co-occurring rare forest herb Scutellaria montana . Acta Oecologica 69: 182-191.
Benson AR*, Boyd JN (2014) Individual- and population-level effects of Odocoileus virginianus herbivory on the rare forest herb Scutellaria montana. Global Ecology and Conservation 1: 80-92.
Kile HM*, Shaw J, Boyd JN (2013) Response of federally threatened Scutellaria montana (large-flowered skullcap) to pre-transplantation burning and canopy thinning. Southeastern Naturalist 12: 99-120.