Carmen Boyd joined WEST as a biologist and data and report manager in 2014 after working as a quality control technician in 2013. Carmen’s 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 U.S. Department of Agriculture 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 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service wildlife biologist on the Lower Colorado River in Arizona. In Carmen’s spare time, she has served as an adjunct college instructor teaching many types of biological and ecological classes since 1999. Carmen has volunteered to mentor students studying natural resource management through student clubs and groups at the college. She received her M.S. in Wildlife Management from South Dakota State University in conjunction with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Cooperative Research Unit. In anticipation of the first Conservation Reserve Program contracts expiring, Carmen’s graduate work examined the effects of grazing and haying Conservation Reserve Program lands had on breeding birds, insects, and vegetation (published). Her B.S. in Wildlife Management was earned from Texas Tech University.