Sarah Boyle | Assistant Professor
Office: 119 Frazier Jelke E | Phone: (901) 843-3268 | Email:


Ecology, Conservation Biology, GIS & Remote Sensing

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B.A. in Anthropology, College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA
Ph.D. in Biology, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ
(Ecology, conservation biology, animal behavior, GIS)




Selected Publications

Journal articles

Boyle, S. A., C. M. Kennedy, J. Torres, K. Colman, P. E. Pérez-Estigarribia, and N. U. de la Sancha. 2014. High-resolution satellite imagery is an important yet underutilized resource in conservation biology. PLoS ONE 9: e86908. (pdf)

Boyle, S. A., C. E. Zartman, W. R. Spironello, and A. T. Smith. 2012. Implications of habitat fragmentation on the diet of bearded saki monkeys in Central Amazonian forest. Journal of Mammalogy 93: 957-976. (pdf)

Barnett, A. M.*, S. A. Boyle*, L. Pinto, W. C. Lourenço, T. Almeida, W. Sousa Silva, B. Ronchi-Teles, B. Bezerra, C. Ross, A. MacLarnon, and W. R. Spironello. 2012. Primary seed dispersal by three Neotropical seed-predating primates (Cacajao melanophalus ouakary, Chiropotes chiropotes, and Chiropotes albinasus). Journal of Tropical Ecology 28: 545-555. *Equal contribution. (pdf)

Barnett, A. A., L. P. Pinto, J. C. Bicca-Marques, S. F. Ferrari, M. Gordo, P. G. Guedes, M. A. Lopes, J. C. Opazo, M. Port-Carvalho, R. R. dos Santos, R. F. Soares, W. R. Spironello, L. M. Veiga, T. M. Vieira, and S. A. Boyle. 2012. A proposal for the common names for species of Chiropotes (Pitheciinae: Primates). Zootaxa 3507: 79-83. (pdf)

Barnett, A. A., S. A. Boyle, M. A. Norconk, S. Palminteri, R. R. Santos, L. M. Veiga, T. H. G. Alvim, M. Bowler, J. Chism, A. Di Fiore, E. Fernandez-Duque, A. C. P. Guimarães, A. Harrison-Levine, T. Haugaasen, S. Lehman, K. C. MacKinnon, F. R. de Melo, L. S. Moreira, V. S. Moura, L. P. Pinto, M. Port-Carvalho, E. Z. F. Setz, C. Shaffer, L. R. da Silva, R. F. S. da Silva, S.S. B. da Silva, C. L. Thompson, T. M. Vieira, A. Vreedzaam, S. E. Walker-Pacheco, W. R. Spironello, A. MacLarnon, and S. F. Ferrari. 2012. Terrestrial activity in pitheciins (Cacajao, Chiropotes and Pithecia). American Journal of Primatology (pdf)

Davis*, J. R., S. A. Boyle*, A. Khan, A. L. J. Gay, J. M. Grisham, and L. E. Luque*. 2012. Snake parasitism in an urban old-growth forest. Urban Ecosystems15: 739-752. (pdf) *Equal contribution

Laurance, W. F., J. L. C. Camargo, R. C. C. Luizão, S. G. Laurance, S. L. Pimm, E. M. Bruna, P. C. Stouffer, G. B. Williamson, J. Benítez-Malvido, H. L. Vasconcelos, K S. Van Houtan, C. E. Zartman, S. A. Boyle, R. K. Didam, A. Andrade, and T. E. Lovejoy. 2011. The fate of Amazonian forest fragments: a 32-year investigation. Biological Conservation 144: 56-67. (pdf)

Boyle, S. A. and A. T. Smith. 2010. Can landscape and species characteristics predict primate presence in forest fragments in the Brazilian Amazon? Biological Conservation 143: 1134-1143. (pdf)

Boyle, S. A. and A. T. Smith. 2010. Behavioral modifications in northern bearded saki monkeys (Chiropotes satanas chiropotes) in forest fragments of central Amazonia. Primates 51: 43-51. (pdf)

Boyle, S. A., W. C. Lourenço, L. R. da Silva, and A. T. Smith. 2009. Travel and spatial patterns change when northern bearded saki monkeys (Chiropotes satanas chiropotes) live in forest fragments. International Journal of Primatology 30: 515-531. (pdf)

Boyle, S. A., W. C. Lourenço, L. R. da Silva, and A. T. Smith. 2009. Home range estimates vary with sample size and methods. Folia Primatologica 80: 33-42. (pdf)

Boyle, S. A. 2008. Human impacts on primate conservation in central Amazonia. Tropical Conservation Science 1: 6-17. (pdf)

Book chapters

Boyle, S. A., B. B. Lenz, K. A. Gilbert, W. R. Spironello, M. Santamaria Gómez, E. Z. F. Setz, A. Marajó dos Reis, O. Ferreira da Silva, A. Keuroghlian, and F. Pinto. 2013. The primates of the Biological Dynamics of Forest Fragments Project: a history. In Primates in Fragments: Complexity and Resilience, Marsh, L. K. and C. A. Chapman (eds.), Springer: New York, pp. 57-74. (pdf)

Boyle, S. A., A. T. Smith, W. R. Spironello, and C. E. Zartman. 2013. The behavioural ecology of bearded sakis (Chiropotes satanas chiropotes) living in forest fragments of central Brazilian Amazonia. In Evolutionary Biology and Conservation of Titis, Sakis and Uacaris. Veiga, L., A. Barnett, S. Ferrari, and M. Norconk (eds), Cambridge University Press: Cambridge, UK, pp. 255-261.

Ferrari, S., S. Boyle, L. Marsh, M. Port-Carvalho, R. Santos, S. Silva, T. Vieira, J.-C. Vié, and L. Veiga. 2013. The challenge of living in fragments. In Evolutionary Biology and Conservation of Titis, Sakis and Uacaris. Veiga, L., A. Barnett, S. Ferrari, and M. Norconk (eds), Cambridge University Press: Cambridge, UK, pp. 350-358.