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Robert Boyd


Assistant Director, Bureau of Wildlife Management 
Pennsylvania Game Commission


As Wildlife Services Division Chief, Bob oversees the Pheasant Propagation Program with its four game farms and 36 permanent and 32 part-time employees. He also supervises the wildlife veterinarian, wildlife biometrician and a wildlife research associate.


Bob earned a Bachelor of Science degree Magna Cum Laude in Biology from Juniata College in 1977, and a Master of Science degree in Wildlife Science from Cornell University in 1981. He is a product of the New York Cooperative Wildlife Research Unit. His graduate research focused on hen pheasant habitat use during reproduction in New York's Lake Plain.


Bob started his professional career as a wildlife biologist in 1980 with the Farmland Wildlife Research Section of the Ohio Division of Wildlife. He was involved with studies on the status, ecology and management of ring-necked pheasants, cottontail rabbits, bobwhite quail and barn owls. He returned to his home state to serve as the bureau's first biometrician in 1989. From 1991 to 2009 he served as the bureau's Assistant Director and Research Division Chief, and has served in his current capacity since 2009. He represents the Game Commission at international and northeastern U.S. wildlife management meetings.


Bob is a member of The Wildlife Society, its Northeast Section and the Pennsylvania Chapter. In 2001 he served as the Northeast Section Representative for the Pennsylvania Chapter. While a biologist in Ohio, he was a member of the Northcentral Section and Ohio Chapter of The Wildlife Society, serving as Treasurer and President of the Ohio Chapter. He also was a member of the Ohio Wildlife Management Association, serving as President. He enjoys hunting, dog training and working on his cabin. Bob was born in Canton (Bradford County), and grew up in Greencastle (Franklin County). He lives near Harrisburg with his wife Deb, and a pair of hunting cocker spaniels.