Professor, SC Co-op Research Unit Assistant Unit Leader
Forestry and Environmental Conservation Department
Office: 272E Lehotsky Hall
Personal Website: https://buchholtzlab.weebly.com
Ph.D. Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
Texas A&M University 2019
B.A. Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
Princeton University 2011
Dr. Buchholtz joined the Forestry and Environmental Conservation Department at Clemson University in 2022 when she became the Assistant Unit Leader of Wildlife with the South Carolina Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit. Prior to this position, she earned degrees in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology at Princeton University (BA) and Texas A&M University (PhD) before working as an ecologist with the USGS at the Fort Collins Science Center. Her research is at the nexus of wildlife movement ecology, landscape ecology, and socio-ecological systems, broadly answering the question of how landscape disturbance (be it climate change, fire, invasive species, or human development) impacts wildlife. Her work in the sagebrush biome focuses on understanding structural connectivity and connectivity for wildlife species that have different movement modalities and functional needs. She also applies principals of spatial ecology and animal movement methods to understanding human-wildlife interactions, resource access, and habitat selection, including past work with elephants in northern Botswana and upcoming work on wildlife movement in the southeastern US. She applies quantitative and spatial methods such as circuit theory and resource selection modeling to support conservation and management actions.
Buchholtz, E.K., Spragg, S., Songhurst, A., Stronza, A., McCulloch, G. and Fitzgerald, L.A., 2021. Anthropogenic impact on wildlife resource use: Spatial and temporal shifts in elephants’ access to water. African Journal of Ecology, 59(3), pp.614-623.
Ghoddousi, A., Buchholtz, E.K., Dietsch, A.M., Williamson, M.A., Sharma, S., Balkenhol, N., Kuemmerle, T. and Dutta, T., 2021. Anthropogenic resistance: accounting for human behavior in wildlife connectivity planning. One Earth, 4(1), pp.39-48.
Buchholtz, E.K., Stronza, A., Songhurst, A., McCulloch, G. and Fitzgerald, L.A., 2020. Using landscape connectivity to predict human-wildlife conflict. Biological Conservation, 248, p.108677.
Buchholtz, E., Fitzgerald, L., Songhurst, A., McCulloch, G. and Stronza, A., 2020. Experts and elephants: local ecological knowledge predicts landscape use for a species involved in human-wildlife conflict. Ecology and Society, 25(4).
Kapsar, K.E., Hovis, C.L., Bicudo da Silva, R.F., Buchholtz, E.K., Carlson, A.K., Dou, Y., Du, Y., Furumo, P.R., Li, Y., Torres, A. and Yang, D., 2019. Telecoupling research: The first five years. Sustainability, 11(4), p.1033.
Buchholtz, E.K., Redmore, L., Fitzgerald, L.A., Stronza, A., Songhurst, A. and McCulloch, G., 2019. Temporal partitioning and overlapping use of a shared natural resource by people and elephants. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution, 7, p.117.
Buchholtz, E., Fitzgerald, L., Songhurst, A., McCulloch, G. and Stronza, A., 2019. Overlapping landscape utilization by elephants and people in the Western Okavango Panhandle: implications for conflict and conservation. Landscape Ecology, 34(6), pp.1411-1423.
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