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Research Interests

I study Saccharomyces yeast evolution and ecology in changing environments. Both individuals and populations of yeasts can respond to environmental changes. For example, an individual cell can change its physiology to accommodate a new environment or the relative frequencies of cell genotypes in a population can change in new environments. I also study the natural history of wild Saccharomyces. Saccharomyces is a model laboratory fungus, and most of our information about it comes from studies of laboratory or domesticated yeasts. I study Saccharomyces natural history in the wild in order to develop it as a model for testing evolutionary and ecological theory in its natural habitat.


Short CV


Project Leader, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology (Eva Stukenbrock’s group)


Postdoc, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology (Duncan Greig’s group)


Ph.D., Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, Harvard University (Anne Pringle’s group)


Natural Resource Management Agent, Peace Corps Togo


B.Sc., Genetics and Plant Biology, University of California Berkeley



Kraemer SA*, Boynton PJ* (2017) Evidence for microbial local adaptation in nature. Molecular Ecology, DOI:10.1111/mec.13958 *joint first authors.

Boynton PJ, Stelkens R, Kowallik V, Greig D (2016) Measuring microbial fitness in a field reciprocal transplant experiment. Molecular Ecology Resources, DOI: 10.1111/1755-0998.12562.

Boynton PJ, Greig D (2016) Species richness influences wine ecosystem function through a dominant species. Fungal Ecology 22:61-72, DOI: 10.1016/j.funeco.2016.04.008.

Boynton PJ, Greig D (2016) Fungal diversity and ecosystem function data from wine fermentation vats and microcosms. Data in Brief 8:225-229, DOI: 10.1016/j.dib.2016.05.038.

Gruber H, Wessels W, Boynton P, Xu J, Wohlgemuth S, Leeuwenburgh C, Qi W, Austad SN, Schaible R, Philipp EE (2015) Age-related cellular changes in the long-lived bivalve A. islandica. Age 37:90, DOI: 10.1007/s11357-015-9831-8.

Boynton PJ, Greig D (2014) The ecology and evolution of non-domesticated Saccharomyces species. Yeast 31:449-462, DOI: 10.1002/yea.3040.

Bruns TD, Peay KG, Boynton PJ, Grubisha LC, Hynson NA, Nguyen NH, Rosenstock NP (2009) Inoculum potential of Rhizopogon spores increases with time over the first 4 yr of a 99-yr spore burial experiment. New Phytologist 181:463-470, DOI: 10.1111/j.1469-8137.2008.02652.x.