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“Do not let anyone tell you that these people made work of play. They simply realized that the most fun lies in seeing and studying the unknown.”
Aldo Leopold







My research interests are focused on understanding factors that limit wildlife populations, especially for avian species that are declining and thus in need of management. I develop spatially-explicit wildlife habitat models in geographic information systems as a means to evaluate landscape-scale management relationships. I am also interested in monitoring and managing for biological diversity. Most of my research is conducted with MS and PhD level graduate students at the University of Tennessee. Contact myself or my students listed below for more information on a given project.


Graduate Research


Emily Hockman
PhD student

Acoustic monitoring of threatened and endangered species with a focus on automatic birdsong detection


Stephanie Prevost
MS student

Investigating the abilities of Autonomous Aerial Acoustic Recording Systems (AAARS) to monitor avian populations in inaccessible areas  

Justin Lehman
MS student

Golden-winged Warbler (Vermivora chrysoptera) population models & juvenile survival, movements, and habitat use in the Royal Blue Unit of the North Cumberland WMA of Tennessee


Andrew Isenhower
MS student

Long-term effects of forest management on the breeding bird community on Cherokee National Forest, TN  
Aaron Griffith
MS student
Effects of supplemental feeding on Wild Turkey movements and home range  

Other Projects


Stacy Worley, David Smith and John Wilkerson

UT Biosystems Engineeering

Richard Fischer


Demonstration and implementation of autonomous aerial acoustic recording systems to inventory DoD installation impact areas for threatened, endangered, and at-risk bird populations  

Than Boves, Melinda Welton and others



Effects of forest management on Cerulean Warbler populations in the Cumberland Mountains of Tennessee




Henry Streby

NSF Post-Doctoral Research Associate

Use of geolocator technology to document migratory connectivity for Golden-winged Warblers  

Kay Franzreb

US Forest Service

Monitoring effects of loss of eastern hemlock on avian communities in the Southern Appalachians  

Chris Lituma

UT Post-doctoral Research Associate
Regional assessment of the relationships of conservation practices to Northern Bobwhite and other priority grassland bird breeding populations

Recent Publications


D. A. Buehler, T. J. Boves, and P. B. Hamel.  2013.  Cerulean Warbler (Setophaga cerulea).  In The Birds of North America. No. 506.  (A. Poole and F. Gill, eds.).  The Birds of North America, Inc.  Philadelphia, PA.

Devers, P.K., D.F. Stauffer, G.W. Norman, D.E. Steffen, D.W. Whitaker, J. Sole, T. Allen, S. Bittner, D.A. Buehler, J.W. Edwards, D. Figert, S. Friedhoff, W.M. Giuliano, C.A. Harper, W. Igo, R. Kirkpatrick, M. Seamster, H. Spiker, D. Swanson, and B. Tefft. 2007.  Ruffed grouse population ecology in the Appalachian region. Wildlife Monographs 168:1-36.

Buehler, D. A.  2000.  Bald eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus). In The Birds of North America. No. 506.(A. Poole and F. Gill, eds.).  The Birds of North America, Inc.  Philadelphia, PA. 46pp.

Journal Articles

Boves, T. J., D. A. Buehler, P. B. Wood, A. D. Rodewald, J. L. Larkin, P. D. Keyser, and T. B. Wigley. 2014. Multiple plumage traits convey information about age and within-age-class qualities of a canopy-dwelling songbird, the Cerulean Warbler.  Auk 131:20-31.

Barrioz, S., P. D. Keyser, D. S. Buckley, D. A. Buehler, and C. A. Harper.  2013.  Vegetation and avian response to oak savanna restoration in the Mid-South USA.  American Midland Naturalist, 169:194-213.

Boves, T. J., D. A. Buehler, J. Sheehan, P. B. Wood, A. D. Rodewald, J. L. Larkin, P. D. Keyser, F. L. Newell, A. Evans, G. A. George, and T. B. Wigley. 2013. Spatial variation in habitat selection by Cerulean Warblers breeding throughout the Appalachian Mountains. Auk 130:1-14.

Bulluck, L., D. A. Buehler, R. Vallender, and R. J. Robertson.  2013.  Demographic comparison of Golden-winged Warbler (Vermivora chrysoptera) populations in northern and southern extremes of their breeding range.Wilson Journal of Ornithology, 125:479-490.

Newell, F. L., J. Sheehan, P. B. Wood, A. D. Rodewald, D. A. Buehler, P. D. Keyser, J. L. Larkin, T. A. Beachy, M. H. Bakermans, T. J. Boves,  A. Evans, G. A. George, M. E. McDermott, K. A. Perkins, M. B. White, and T. B. Wigley. 2013.  Comparison of point counts and territory mapping for detecting effects of forest management on songbirds.  Journal of Field Ornithology 84:270-286.

Sheehan, J., P. Wood, D. A. Buehler, P. D. Keyser, J. Larkin, A. Rodewald, T. B. Wigley, T. Boves, G. George, M.Bakermans, T. Beachy, and A. Evans.  2014.  Avian response to timber harvesting applied experimentally to manage Cerulean Warbler breeding populations.  Forest Ecology and Management 321:5-18..

Boves, T. P., D. A. Buehler, and P. C. Massey.  2012.  Breeding biology, behavior, and ecology of Setophaga cerulea in the Cumberland Mountains, TN. Southeastern Naturalist 11:319–330.

Dodd, L. E., M. J. Lacki, E. R. Britzke, D. A. Buehler, P. D. Keyser, J. L. Larkin, A. D. Rodewald, T. B. Wigley, P. B. Wood, and L. K. Rieske,   2012.  Forest structure affects trophic linkages: how silvicultural disturbance impacts bats and their insect prey.  Forest Ecology and Management 267:262-270..

Larkin, J. L., P. B. Wood, T. J. Boves, J. Sheehan, D. A. Buehler, P. D. Keyser, A. D. Rodewald, T. A. Beachy, M.H. Bakkermans, A. Evans, G. A. George, and M. E. McDermott.  2012.  Breeding season concerns and response to forest management: can forest management produce more breeding birds?     Ornitologia Neotropica, 23: 283–287.

Boves, T. P., D. A. Buehler, and N. M. Boves.  2011.  Conspecific egg destruction by a female Cerulean Warbler.  Wilson Journal of Ornithology 123:401-403. 

Boves, T. P., D. A. Buehler, and P. C. Massey.  2010.  Interspecific song imitation by a Cerulean Warbler.  Wilson Journal of Ornithology 122:583-587. 

Stodola, K. W., D. A. Buehler, D. H. Kim, K. E. Franzreb and E. T. Linder.  2010.  Biotic and abiotic factors governing nestling-period length in the Ovenbird (Seiurus aurocapilla).  Auk 127:204-211.

Stodola, K. W. R. J. Cooper, D. A. Buehler, D. H. Kim, K. E. Franzreb, M. Hunter, and E. T. Linder. 2010.   Journal of Avian Biology 41:515-522.

Stodola, K. W., E. T. Linder, D. A. Buehler, K. E. Franzreb, D. H. Kim, and R. J. Cooper. 2010.  Relative influence of male and female care in determining nestling mass in a migratory songbird.  Journal of Avian Biology 41:1-8.

Stodola, K. W., E. T. Linder, D. A. Buehler, K. E. Franzreb, and R. J. Cooper.  2009.  Parental care in the multi-brooded Black-Throated Blue Warbler.  The Condor 111:497–502.

Buehler, D. A., J. J. Giocomo, J. Jones, P. B. Hamel, C. M. Rogers, T. A. Beachy, D. W. Varble, C. P. Nicholson, K. L. Roth, J. Barg, R. J. Robertson, J. R. Robb, and K. Islam.  2008.  Cerulean warbler reproduction, survival and models of population declines.  Journal of Wildlife Management 72:646-653.

Bulluck, L. P. and D. A. Buehler.  2008.  Factors influencing Golden-winged Warbler (Vermivora chrysoptera) nest-site selection and nest survival in the Cumberland Mountains of Tennessee.  Auk 125:542-550.

Giocomo, J. J., E. D. Moss, D. A. Buehler, and W. G. Minser.  2008.  Nesting biology of grassland birds at Fort Campbell, Kentucky and Tennessee.  Wilson Journal of Ornithology 120:111-119.

Jones, B. C., J. L. Fettinger, C. A. Harper, and D. A. Buehler.  2008.  Ruffed Grouse brood habitat use in a mixed hardwood forest:  Implications for forest management in the Appalachians.  Forest Ecology and Management  255:3580-3588. 

Buehler, D. A., A. M. Roth, R. Vallender, T. C. Will, J. L. Confer, R. A. Canterbury, S. Barker Swarthout, K. V. Rosenberg, and L. P. Bulluck.  2007.  Status and conservation priorities of golden-winged warblers  (Vermivora chrysoptera) in North America.  The Auk:  124:1439-1445.

Buehler, D. A., M. J. Welton, and T. A. Beachy.  2006.  Predicting cerulean warbler habitat and populations in the Cumberland Mountains of Tennessee.  Journal of Wildlife Management 70:1763-1769.

Bulluck, L. P. and D. A. Buehler.  2006.  Avian use of early successional habitats:  Are regenerating forests, utility rights-of-ways, and reclaimed surface mines the same?  Forest Ecology and Management 236:76-84.

Tirpak, J. M., W. M. Giuliano, C. A. Miller, T.  J. Allen, S. Bittner, D. A. Buehler, J. W. Edwards, C. A. Harper, W. K. Igo, G. W. Norman, M. Seamster, and D. F. Stauffer.  2006.  Modeling ruffed grouse population dynamics in the Central and Southern Appalachians.  Biological Conservation 133:364-378.

Whitaker, D. M., D. F. Stauffer, G. W. Norman, P. K. Devers, T. J. Allen, S. Bittner, D. Buehler, J. Edwards, S. Friedhoff, W. M Giuliano, C. A. Harper, and B. Tefft.  2006.  Factors affecting habitat use by Appalachian ruffed grouse.  Journal of Wildlife Management 70:460-471.

Klaus, N. A., D. A. Buehler, and A. M. Saxton.  2005.  Forest management alternatives and songbird breeding habitat on the Cherokee National Forest, Tennessee.  Journal of Wildlife Management 69:222-234.

Klaus, N. and D. Buehler.  2004.  Appalachian yellow-bellied sapsucker sightings on the Tellico District, Cherokee National Forest, with a 1995 nesting record.  The Migrant 75:1-5.

Giocomo, J., D. Moss, J. Jones, and D. Buehler.  2002.  Northern harrier (Circus cyaneus) nest found in Stewart County, Tennessee.  Migrant 73:3-5.

Dettmers, R., D. A. Buehler, and K. E. Franzreb.  2002.  Testing habitat-relationship models for forest birds of the southeastern United States.  Journal of Wildlife Management 66:417-424.

Klaus, N. A., and D. A. Buehler.  2001.  Golden-winged warbler breeding habitat characteristics and nest success in clearcuts in the southern Appalachian mountains.  Wilson Bulletin 113:297-301.

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