Diane Boyd started working with wolves in 1977 in Minnesota with Dave Mech. She worked as a USFWS wolf depredation control trapper in northern Minnesota in 1979 resolving depredation conflicts. Diane moved to Montana in fall 1979 to begin MS research at University of Montana, working on wolf-coyote interactions in northwest Montana (only 1 wolf in western US at that time). She researched naturally recolonizing wolves in NW MT and SW Canada through UM and USFWS and helped mitigate wolf-human-livestock conflicts. Diane took a hiatus from wolves to work on landscape-level habitat conservation with Prickly Pear Land Trust, FWP, and The Nature Conservancy. She has 40+ publications on wolves and other carnivores. She also served as the field supervisor for AZGFD on Mexican wolf project in 1998-99. In 2016, Diane joined MT FWP as Region 1 Wolf & Carnivore Specialist. In total, she has conducted wolf research in Montana, British Columbia, Alberta, Ellesmere Island - Nunavut (Canada), Northern MN, Isle Royale, MI, Arizona & New Mexico (Mexican wolves), Romania, and Italy.
Special interests: oil painting, hunting, bird dog training, hiking, classic & skate skiing, photography.
BS @ Univeristy of Minnesota, Wildlife Management
MS & PhD @ University of Montana, Wildlife Biology