Dr. Boarman, founder and owner of Conservation Science Research & Consulting, and former research wildlife scientist with the U.S. Geological Survey and Bureau of Land Management, has over 35 years of experience working in the field, conducting scientific research, and providing technical support to many state and Federal government agencies in the fields of wildlife ecology and conservation biology.
As part of HSL’s team Boarman provides priceless avian behavioral experience and insight into deterring bird pests. He conducts and analyzes raven interactions, conducts loss surveys, and co-develops HSL field procedures. Boarman was awarded along with Tim Shields, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service 2022 Theodore Roosevelt Genius Award for “Promoting Nonlethal Human-Wildlife Conflict: Creating a No-Fly Zone for Nuisance Birds”.
Boarman has authored over 40 peer-reviewed publications and 45 technical reports. His expertise is in desert wildlife and has performed research on desert tortoise conservation and ecology, common raven biology and management, and terrestrial vertebrate ecology within the Mojave Desert. He has performed and published broad-scaled, extensive evaluations of wildlife threats, management, surveying methodology, and conservation strategies. Dr. Boarman was the Chief Scientist on a contract responsible for translocation, monitoring, and research of tortoises as part of the expansion of Fort Irwin, in California. In collaboration with Hardshell Labs, Inc., and Autodesk, Inc., he is helping to develop and test in the field 3D printed tortoise shells to study raven predation on tortoises and to develop future uses of the technology in conservation and resource management applications. Dr. Boarman is also working on field tests and refining methodologies for the use of lasers, drones, and automated rovers to deter ravens and other avian pests from accessing and damaging endangered species and other valuable resources.