John Boone, PhD
Dr. John Boone is a wildlife biologist whose work focuses on applied conservation issues. He received a B.S. in Biology and Physics from George Washington University, a M.S. in Biology from Idaho State University, and a Ph. D. in Biology from the University of Colorado at Boulder. After graduate school, he worked in a multi-disciplinary research group at the University of Nevada, Reno studying how environmental factors influence the maintenance and spread of zoonotic diseases, including hantaviruses. In 2004, he joined the Great Basin Bird Observatory, a Nevada non-profit organization that provides biological expertise and planning services to federal and state resource management agencies. In this capacity, he has been involved in major bird inventory and conservation planning efforts and has conducted many applied conservation projects around the region.
Dr. Boone has had a lifelong affinity for animals and an appreciation of their cognitive abilities, but his formal involvement in the animal welfare world began in 2000, when he began volunteering at the SPCA of Northern Nevada. He joined the organization’s Board in 2001, and served as the board chair from 2002 to 2008, a period of significant growth. Additionally, Dr. Boone headed up planning and implementation for a regional spay-neuter program funded by Maddie’s Fund (“Maddie’s Spay Neuter Project in Nevada) between 2007 and 2009, which resulted in over 5,000 subsidized pet alterations for residents of northern Nevada. More recently, Dr. Boone has served as a consultant to Humane Society International and The HSUS, helping to develop and implement monitoring programs for street dogs and feral cats around the world. As a volunteer with and Director of ACC&D, Dr. Boone has provided active leadership to the organization’s work on population dynamics of free-roaming cats and methods to visibly identify or ‘mark’ treated animals.