Christopher Boyko

Christopher Boyko
Associate Professor



Dr. Boyko received his B.S. in Biology from the State University of New York at Binghamton; his M.S. in Marine Biology from the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth; and his Ph.D. in Biological Sciences from the University of Rhode Island.  He is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Biology at Dowling College, and a Research Associate at the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) in New York City. His interests include the taxonomy, ecology, and phylogenetic systematics of crustaceans, especially anomurans (hermit crabs and their relatives) as well as parasitic crustaceans and the evolution of parasitism in general.  He is also interested in the biodiversity of invertebrates and has headed or participated in invertebrate surveys in coastal Georgia, USA, on Easter Island in the South Pacific Ocean, and in the Bahamas. He was also an invited participant in the “Rapid Assessment Survey of Non-Native and Native Marine Species of Floating Dock Communities” initiated by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Sea Grant Project in 2007.

He has published nearly 100 peer-reviewed papers and book chapters, presented papers at more than 30 national and international scientific meetings, and co-chaired a symposium on the biology of parasitic crustaceans at the 2009 meeting of the Society of Integrative and Comparative Biology in Boston. He has described numerous new species and higher taxa, mostly of crustaceans, including one new family, one subfamily, 15 genera, and 48 species. These include species named for Matt Groening (creator of The Simpsons) (Albunea groeningi Boyko, 2002), stop-motion animator Ray Harryhausen (Harryhausenia Boyko, 2004), Yoda (Albunione yoda Markham & Boyko, 2003), and after the Peanuts character Lucy (Lepidopa luciae Boyko, 2002 )in honor of Charles M. Schulz. One genus and species combination (Avada kedavra Boyko, 2014) is named after the killing curse of Lord Voldemort in the Harry Potter series, so you can’t say it out loud. The fossil crab Lophomastix boykoi Nyborg & Vega, 2008, was named for him. He has reviewed papers for more than 25 national and international scientific journals and book publishers, as well as grant proposals for the AMNH, Encyclopedia of Life, and the U.S. Department of the Interior. He has served as a consultant for the AMNH, the Newark Museum, the Institute for Exploration at Mystic Aquarium, CT, and the Yale Peabody Museum.  He is also an Associate Editor for the peer-reviewed journal The Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington, the Program Officer for the international organization The Crustacean Society and an editor for the World Register of Marine Species ( In what little spare time he has, he has written several articles and edited two books on the history of comic books and comic art in America.

  • BIO 1001A Introduction to Biology I
  • BIO 1002A Introduction to Biology II
  • BIO 1003A Introduction to Biology I Laboratory
  • BIO 1004A Introduction to Biology II Laboratory
  • BIO 1012A Neuroscience
  • BIO 2031A Zoology
  • BIO 2061A Vertebrates
  • BIO 3055A Marine Biology
  • BIO 3077A Developmental Biology
  • BIO 3139A Human Anatomy & Physiology I
  • BIO 3140A Human Anatomy & Physiology II
  • NSC 2003C Science & the Concept of Evolution

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