University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science
Chesapeake Biological Laboratory
147 Williams Street
Solomons, Maryland 20688
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Dr. Boynton is currently emeritus Professor at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science (UMCES), Chesapeake Biological Laboratory in Solomons, Maryland.
Dr. Boynton earned his BS degree in biology from Springfield College, MS degree in Marine Science from the University of North Carolina and a PhD degree in Environmental Engineering from the University of Florida. He has been a member of the faculty at the Chesapeake Biological Laboratory since 1975.
Boynton is an estuarine ecologist and has conducted research in the Chesapeake Bay as well the Baltic Sea and Mexican coastal waters. His research interests range from nutrient enrichment of estuarine and coastal waters and the effects this has on water quality, sea grasses and estuarine food webs to issues related to estuarine fish communities. Dr. Boynton has also been active in developing reviews of estuarine processes that are of particular utility to environmental managers.
Boynton has served in a number of professional leadership and advisory roles. He was the co-leader and later the leader of long-term studies of Chesapeake Bay funded by the National Science Foundation. He was a member of the team that designed and implemented the Chesapeake Bay Monitoring Program, was treasurer and later President of the Estuarine Research Federation, a member of the Patuxent River Commission, received the UMCES President’s award for Excellence in Science Application, shared, with Michael Kemp, the Odum Award for Lifetime Achievement from the Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation (CERF) and more recently received the Mathias Medal from Maryland and Virginia Sea Grant and the Chesapeake Research Consortium, the Ruth Patrick Award from the Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography (ASLO) and the Carl Weber Award from the Maryland Water Quality Monitoring Council. He currently serves on the board of trustees of the Maryland/DC Chapter of the Nature Conservancy and on the board of the American Chestnut Land Trust.
1969 B. S. Springfield College (Biology)
1974 M. S. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Marine Sciences)
1975 Ph.D. University of Florida (Environmental Engineering)