Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

Michael Boyle


I specialize in developmental biology, with a focus on genetic, embryonic and larval origins of marine invertebrate body plans. I am the principal investigator of the Life Histories Program and manager of microscopy and molecular biology at the Smithsonian Marine Station.

Department / Division
  • University of Hawaii at Manoa, Ph.D., 2010
  • Humboldt State University, B.Sc., 2003
  • Member of the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology
  • Member of the American Microscopical Society
Research Interests
  • Molecular and morphological development of the Sipuncula
  • Comparative development of marine invertebrate life history patterns

  • Origins and diversity of marine invertebrate larval forms