Carmen Boyd joined WEST as a Biologist and Data and Report Manager in 2014 after working as a Quality Control Technician in 2013. Her duties at WEST involve managing the data and report team to support projects moving from data collection through reporting.
Carmen came to WEST after working at the USDA-High Plains Grassland Research Station in Cheyenne, Wyoming, where she provided support for research experiments pertaining to monitoring the ecological integrity of rangelands and rangeland stream systems, culminating in published scientific literature, e.g., very large scale aerial habitat analysis. She also enjoyed a career as a USFWS Wildlife Biologist on the Lower Colorado River in Arizona. In her spare time, Carmen has served as an adjunct college instructor teaching many types of biological and ecological classes since 1999. She has volunteered to mentor students studying natural resource management through student clubs and groups at the college. Carmen received her M.S. in Wildlife Management from South Dakota State University in conjunction with the USFWS Cooperative Research Unit. In anticipation of the first Conservation Reserve Program contracts expiring, her graduate work examined the effects of grazing and haying Conservation Reserve Program lands on breeding birds, insects and vegetation (published). Her B.S. in Wildlife Management was earned from Texas Tech University.