University of Vermont

Ernest Buford (Ernie)

Ernie Buford

Research Specialist/Spatial Analysis Lab

Email: Ernest.Buford@uvm.edu
Phone: 802-656-3007
Office: 205E Aiken Center

Areas of Interest

geospatial analysis, conservation planning, wildlife habitat modeling, biodiversity assessment, land cover mapping, geoprocessing automation, dynamic database-driven website development

Ernest Buford is a research specialist and systems administrator in the Spatial Analysis Lab, where he has 20 years of experience with geospatial analysis and management of computer systems for GIS and remote sensing. Ernie has worked on development of tools and databases for conservation planning, wildlife habitat modeling, biodiversity assessment, land cover mapping, geoprocessing automation, dynamic database-driven web site development, wetland inventory and avian field research. He was a technical leader on the Vermont Biodiversity Project and Gap Analysis for Vermont and New Hampshire and has developed data, models and analytical techniques for projects investigating a variety of topics ranging from Bobcat movement and habitat use, to public health effects of transportation networks to vineyard site selection.

As a field biologist, Ernie has studied abundance and productivity of forest songbirds, evaluated vernal pools and other wetlands, banded and tracked bald eagles and American woodcock, collected aerial telemetry and videography and participated in numerous wildlife monitoring projects. In addition to providing server, workstation and software support in the Spatial Analysis Lab, Ernie manages computer systems in the Geospatial Teaching Lab and also serves as UVM's Esri site license administrator.

Education

M.S. Wildlife and Fisheries Biology, University of Vermont, 1996

Selected Publications

Buford, E. W. 2013. The Biogeography of Vermont. In Renfrew, R. B, ed. The Second Atlas of Breeding Birds of Vermont. University Press of New England, Hanover, NH. 548 pp.

Capen, D.E., and E.W. Buford. 2008. A Gap Analysis of Vermont and New Hampshire. Final contract report to U.S. Geological Survey Biological Resources Division, Gap Analysis Program. Moscow, Idaho. 81 pp. plus appendices.

Capen, D., T. Scharf, S. MacFaden, and E. Buford. 2005. An Assessment of Wildlife Habitat in Williston, Vermont. Final contract report to Town of Williston, Vermont. 23 pp.

Capen, D.E., Z.L. Richards, E.W. Buford, S.W. MacFaden, C.J. Anderson, and K.N. Ciarimboli. 2004. Identification and Characterization of Vernal Pools in the Western Half of the Ethan Allen Firing Range, Spring 2003. Final contract report to Vermont Military Department, Colchester, Vermont. 17 pp.

Capen, D.E., C. E. Ferree, and E. W. Buford. 1999. Landscape diversity as the basis for a reserve design initiative in Vermont. Gap Analysis Bulletin 8: 48-50.

Buford, E. W., and D. E. Capen. 1999. Abundance and productivity of forest songbirds in a managed, unfragmented forest. Journal of Wildlife Management 63(1): 180-188.

Additional Links

UVM Spatial Analysis Lab