Chuck Boylen

Professor Emeritus, Biological Sciences

As Professor of Biology and Associate Director of the Darrin Fresh Water Institute (DFWI) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), Dr. Boylen worked in conjunction with the Director all aspects of running the research field station, including funding, research, teaching and administration. Dr. Boylen is internationally known for his New York State limnology research, particularly in the Adirondacks and Lake George. Dr. Boylen’s research has been federally funded by National Science Foundation, Environmental Protection Agency, and the National Institute of Health, as well as state and local agencies. He is the author and co-author of more than 100 articles published in highly ranked academic journals and has supervised more than 40 graduate student theses. Dr. Boylen is actively involved with a number of environmentally focused organizations which include the Hudson River Environmental Society, Fund for Lake George, and the Lake George Watershed Coalition. Since the 1970’s he has maintained an active limnological research program on Lake George and numerous freshwater systems in NY and the Adirondacks. His research results have been applied to community and policy issues relating the impact of human activities on water quality, particularly how watershed practices negatively impact stormwater runoff. Dr. Boylen served as a Co-PI for the Adirondack Effects Assessment Program (EPA funded 1994-2006), and the New York State Invasive Species Advisory Committee, a NYSERDA funded program of which he also serves as a Co-PI.


Ph.D. University of Wisconsin in Bacteriology (1969)

Research Focus
  • biodefense
  • biology
  • fementation
  • freshwater
  • microbiology
Select Works
  • Percent, S.F., M.E. Frischer, P.A. Vescio, E.B. Duffy, V.Milano, M.McLellan, B.M. Stevens, C.W. Boylen and S.A. Nierzwicki-Bauer. 2008. Bacterial community structure of acid impacted lakes: What controls diversity? Accepted with revision October 2007 to Applied and Environmental Microbiology.
  • Lawrence, G.B., J.W. Sutherland, C.W. Boylen, S.A. Nierzwicki-Bauer, B. Momen, B.P. Baldigo, and H.A. Simonin, 2007. Acid rain effects on aluminum mobilization