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David G. Buck, Ph.D.

David G. Buck, Ph.D.

Tropical Program Director

207-887-7160 x245
david.buck@briloon.org

David Buck is a limnologist with special interests in human-environment interactions and the conservation of aquatic ecosystems. He has worked in both lotic and lentic systems in tropical and sub-tropical watersheds.

His research incorporates methods in aquatic ecology, nutrient biogeochemistry and physical geography. The research is multidisciplinary and is conducted in collaboration with ecologists, geologists, anthropologists, and national and international conservation organizations.

He has conducted research in Belize, Guatemala, the Dominican Republic, and Florida (USA).

Education

 
  • Ph.D., Interdisciplinary Ecology, University of Florida, 2012
  • M.S., Interdisciplinary Ecology, University of Florida, 2004
  • B.A., Latin American Studies, UNC – Chapel Hill, 1996

Research Interests

 
  • Land use/land cover change and its impact on aquatic ecosystems
  • Human-climate-environment interactions in tropical watersheds
  • Bioaccumulation of contaminants in tropical biota

Journal Articles

 

BRI Scientific Communications

 

Research Reports

 
  • Buck, D.G., T. Divoll and D.C. Evers. 2011. Preliminary report: Mercury contamination in the Mesoamerican Reef and its adjacent watersheds. Report BRI 2011-41 submitted to the Ocean Foundation. Biodiversity Research Institute, Gorham, Maine.
  • Buck, D.G., T. Divoll, and D.C. Evers. 2011. Pilot assessment of mercury concentrations in the freshwater fishes of Belize, Central America. Report BRI 2011-18 submitted to the Belize Fisheries Department. Biodiversity Research Institute, Gorham, ME.
  • Lane, O., D.G. Buck, and K. Regan. 2011. Mercury assessment of saltmarsh sparrows on Long Island, New York. NYSERDA Report 11-09, New York State Energy Research and Development Agency (NYSERDA), Albany, NY.
  • Buck, D.G., K. Regan, and D.C. Evers. 2011. Dome Island invertivore food web study: mercury bioaccumulation in spiders. Report BRI 2011-08 submitted to The Nature Conservancy – Eastern New York chapter. Biodiversity Research Institute, Gorham, ME.
  • Buck, D.G. and M. Duron. 2010. Biodiversity Research Institute: Protocol for collecting invertebrates for contaminant analysis. Report BRI 2010-20, Biodiversity Research Institute, Gorham, ME.
  • Buck, D.G., P.C. Esselman, and E. Boles. 2008. Status, needs, and future directions for effective freshwater conservation in Belize, Central America. Final report submitted to The Nature Conservancy – Belize program. 37 p.
  • Boles, E., D.G. Buck, and P.C. Esselman. 2008. Synthesis of water resource conservation, management and research activities in the watersheds of Belize. Final report submitted to The Nature Conservancy–Belize program. 108 p. + appendices.
  • Esselman, P.C. and D.G. Buck. 2007. Hydrologic assessment of the Monkey River Watershed, Belize: Phase 1 – Human impact mapping along the Monkey River and its main tributaries. Final report submitted to Toledo Institute for Development and the Environment, Punta Gorda, Belize. 20 p.

Presentations and Posters

 
  • Divoll, T., D.G. Buck, D.C. Evers, and D. Yates. Murciélagos como indicadores de contaminación ambiental en Mesoamerica. Presented at the Simposia Peruano de Murcielagos, 13-14 January 2012, Lima, Peru.
  • Buck, D.G., D.C. Evers, T. Divoll, R. Graham, D. Castellanos, C. Barrientos, D. Medina, C. Chen, and F. Elvir. Distribución de mercurio en las cuencas hidrográficas que desembocan al arrecife mesoamericano. Presented at the 15th Congress of the Mesoamerican Society for Biology and Conservation, 24-28 October 2011, Mérida, Mexico.
  • Buck, D.G., Timothy Divoll and D.C. Evers. La bioacumulación de mercurio en redes tróficas de embalses hidroeléctricos. Presented at the 14th Congress of the Mesoamerican Society for Biology and Conservation, 8-12 November 2010, San Jose, Costa Rica.
  • Buck, D.G., M. Brenner and M.J. Cohen. Temporal and spatial variability of in-stream nutrients in a small tropical watershed dominated by shifting cultivation. Presented at the annual American Society for Limnology and Oceanography Aquatic Sciences meeting, 6-11 June 2010, Santa Fe, New Mexico.
  • Divoll, T., D.C. Evers, R. Graham, D.W. Castellanos, and D.G. Buck. Mercury level exploration in marine food fish species in Belize. Presented at the 13th Congress of the Mesoamerican Society for Biology and Conservation, 26-30 October 2009, Belize City, Belize.
  • Buck, D.G., T. Divoll and D.C. Evers. Identifying potential mercury hotspots in the watersheds of the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef: Phase One – watersheds of Belize. Presented at the 13th Congress of the Mesoamerican Society for Biology and Conservation, 26-30 October 2009, Belize City, Belize.
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