Andy Boyce is a conservation ecologist at Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute's (SCBI) Conservation Ecology Center. Boyce is interested in just about every aspect of how birds live, where they are found and how evolution shapes the way they reproduce and care for their young. Often, his work focuses on entire communities rather than on single species. Understanding how species that live together interact, and how the environment shapes which species are present and absent, are both critical to comprehending how nature works and vitally important for conservation.
His current work focuses on understanding how different grazers and grazing systems impact biodiversity in grassland ecosystems. This work, in partnership with the American Prairie Reserve, includes studying variation in species richness and functional diversity of grassland songbirds, mammals and vegetation in pastures grazed by Bison, cattle or without large grazers.