Staff Profile

Frederick Boyd

Dr. Frederick Boyd

B.Sc., Dip.Ed., M.Phil., Ph.D. U.W.I.(Mona)
Tel: (+1 876) 927-1202, 927-2753, 935-8292
Fax: (+1 876) 977-1075
Office: Block A, Rm 8

Dr. Boyd earned his M.Phil. for his work on incorporating Cyanobacteria as biofertilizers for local rice cultivation, which focused on the successful reduction of artificial fertilizer usage. In July 2018 he was awarded the PhD in Botany for his research on the Cryptic Dioecy and Reproductive Ecology of Jamaican Allspice (Pimenta dioica L. Merr.).

As a trained educator he spent 19 years in the secondary school system and joined the department in 1998. He is an External Examiner for the Joint Board of Teacher Education and his academic interests centre on plant biology, autotrophic eukaryotic microorganisms and their anthropogenic applications.


  • BIOL1262 – Diversity I
  • BIOL2406 - Eukaryotic Microbiology
  • BOTN3404 - Economic Botany

Research Areas

  • Economic Botany
  • Phycology
  • Biofertilizers, Bioherbicides, Biopesticides, Biogenic antimicrobials
  • Tree crop Reproductive Biology
  • Curriculum development
  • Incipient Dioecy in Jamaican Pimento (Pimenta dioica L.)

Current Research Project

  • Incipient Dioecy in Jamaican Pimento (Pimenta dioica L.)


  • External Examiner, Joint Board of Teacher Education (JBTE)
  • Jamaica Organic Agricultural Association (JOAM)


See publications and abstracts online @ Google Scholar.

  • In Vitro Evaluation of Antimicrobial Activity of crude Extracts of Pimenta dioica (L.) Merr.  Boyd, F. & Benkeblia, N., ISHS 3rd International Conference on Postharvest and Quality Management of Horticultural Products of Interest in the Tropics.  Port of Spain, Trinidad, July 1-5, 2013.
  • A Description of the floral biology operative within Pimenta dioica (L.) Merr.  Boyd, F. & Benkeblia, N., 2010.  Proc. 1st IS on Trop. Hort., Acta Hort. 894, 2011.
  • The Effects of Anabaena variabilis on the Development of Rice plants in Jamaica. Boyd, F. & Devi Prasad, P.V., 2009. Jamaican Journal of Science and Technology 19-20: 20-30.  ISSN: 1016-2054.
  • Student Perceptions and Outcomes of a WAC Intervention Exercise in an Introductory Biology Course. Boyd, F; Tennant, P.; Robinson, D.; McLaren, I., 2008. Caribbean Journal of Education 30(2):217-247.  ISSN: 0376-7701
  • Effect of Cyanobacterial Inoculation and Inorganic Fertilizer on Rice Yields in Jamaica. Boyd, F. & Devi Prasad, P. V., 2008. Tropical Agriculture, (Trinidad) 85(2): 112-119.

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