James Dietrich Boyko - Curriculum Vitae
Ph.D., University of Arkansas, Biological Sciences (expected 2022)
Dissertation: Exploring the limits of phylogenetic comparative methods.
Advisor: Dr. Jeremy M. Beaulieu
M.Sc., University of Toronto, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (2017)
Thesis: The Effect of Congeners on Trait Evolution and Sexual Dimorphism in Lesser Antillean Anolis Lizards.
Advisor: Dr. Luke D. Mahler
B.A., University of Toronto, Biology and History (2015)
Research Project: Meta-analysis of phylogenetic community assembly.
Advisor: Dr. Benjamin Gilbert
Mortimer, S.M.E., Boyko, J.D., Beaulieu, J.M., and Tank, D.C. What is the current extent of our systematic knowledge? A case study in synthesizing phylogenetic data for building large trees to advance phylogenetic research. American Journal of Botany.
Boyko, J. D., and J. M. Beaulieu. 2021. Generalized Hidden Markov Models for Phylogenetic Comparative Datasets. Methods in Ecology and Evolution. In press.
Beaulieu, J., O’Meara, B., Caetano, D. and Boyko, J., 2019. Package ‘hisse’.
Nakov, T., Boyko, J.D., Alverson, A.J. and Beaulieu, J.M., 2017. Models with unequal transition rates favor marine origins of Cyanobacteria and photosynthetic eukaryotes. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 114(50), pp.E10606-E10607.
Honors, Awards, and Funding
2019: $500 USD - American Society of Naturalists Travel Grant
2017 to 2021: $80,000 USD - Distinguished Doctoral Fellowship
2017: $750 USD - SGS Conference Grant
2016: $400 USD - Phylogenetic Symposium Travel Grant
Boyko, J.D., Beaulieu, J.M. (2019) Quantifying the limits of our knowledge in phylogenetic comparative studies. (Quantitative Genetics Workshop - International Workshop).
Boyko, J.D., Nakov, T., Alverson, A.J. and Beaulieu, J.M. (2019) Quantifying the limits of our knowledge in phylogenetic comparative studies. (Botany: Oral presentation – International Conference)
Boyko, J.D., Nakov, T., Alverson, A.J. and Beaulieu, J.M. (2018) Testing the signal of marine versus freshwater origins of photosynthetic eukaryotes. (Botany: Oral presentation – International Conference)
Boyko, J.D., Mahler, D. L. (2017) Testing for character displacement in Lesser Antillean anoles. (Atwood Colloquium: Oral presentation – Institutional Conference)
Boyko, J.D., Mahler, D. L. (2016) Character displacement in Lesser Antillean Anolis lizards. (Evolution: Oral presentation – International Conference)
Boyko, J.D., Mahler, D. L. (2016) Testing for repeated character displacement in Anolis lizards. (OE3C: Oral presentation – Provincial Conference)
Volunteering and Outreach
2017 to present: Graduate Student Coordinator for the Arkansas Wildlife Society
2018 to 2020: Watershed Conservation Resource Center Volunteer
2018, 2019: Bearcat Hollow Maintenance Volunteer
2017: Atwood Volunteer Coordinator (University of Toronto)
2016: Atwood Volunteer (University of Toronto)
2014 to 2015: Labratory Technician (Dr. Krkosek’s Lab)
2013 to 2014: Volunteer (Dr. Agrawal’s lab)
2017 to 2020 Teaching Assistant: BIOL3023 (Evolutionary Biology) - University of Arkansas
2016 to 2017 Teaching Assistant: EEB365 (Macroevolution) - University of Toronto
2016 to 2017 Teaching Assistant: EEB225 (Biostatistics for Biologists) - University of Toronto
2015 to 2016 Teaching Assistant: BIO220 (From Genomes to Ecosystems in a Changing World) - University of Toronto
2015 to 2016 Teaching Assistant: BIO120 (Adaptation and Biodiversity) - University of Toronto