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Dr. Richard Buchholz

Associate ProfessorDr. Richard Buchholz
Department of Biology
The University of Mississippi

Office: 104 Shoemaker Hall
Telephone: (662) 915-5012

Research Interests:

  • Animal Behavior
  • Host-Parasite Interactions
  • Conservation Biology

Ph.D. University of Florida

Mate Choice Research

Conservation Biology

Avian Research Facility


BISC 102 Inquiry into Life: Human Biology
LIBA 102 The Ecology of Food
BISC 350 Mammalogy
BISC 512 Animal Behavior
BISC 622 Behavioral Ecology
BISC 677 Special Topics in Ecology & Evolution.

Recent Publications

Werner, S.J., Buchholz, R., Tupper, S.K., Pettit, S.E., & Ellis, J.W. 2014. Functional significance of ultraviolet feeding cues in wild turkeys. Physiology & Behaviour 123: 162-167

Cooke, S. J, Blumstein, D. T., Buchholz, R., Caro, T., Fernandez-Juricic, E., Franklin, C. E., Metcalfe, J., O’Connor, C. M., St. Clair, C., Sutherland, W. J., and Wikelski, M. 2014. Populations in peril: a call for integration of physiology and behaviour to advance conservation practice. Physiological & Biochemical Zoology, 87(1):1-14.

Buchholz, R. & Hanlon, E. 2012. Ecotourism, Wildlife Management, and Behavioral Biologists: Changing Minds for Conservation; Chapter 17 (pp. 234-249) in Behavioural Responses to a Changing World: mechanisms and consequences. Bob Wong & Ulrika Candolin, (Editors), Oxford University Press. 

Buchholz, R., Yamnik, P., Pulaski, C. & Campbell, C. 2008. Conservation and Behaviour, In: Encyclopedia of Life Sciences. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd: Chichester. [DOI: 10.1002/9780470015902.a0021217]

Buchholz, R. 2007. Behavioural biology: an effective and relevant conservation tool. Trends in Ecology and Evolution 22(8): 401-407

Buchholz, R. and Bertsch, C. 2006. Yellow-knobbed Curassow (Crax daubentoni). Pp. 91-94 In: Conserving Cracids: the most Threatened Family of Birds in the Americas (D.M. Brooks, Ed.). Misc. Publ. Houston Mus. Nat. Sci., No. 6, Houston, TX.

Buchholz, R. 2004. Effects of parasitic infection on mate sampling by female wild turkeys (Meleagris gallopavo): Should infected females be more or less choosy? Behavioral Ecology  15(4): 687-694.

Recent Grants

National Geographic Society
Mating Strategies of Male Ocellated Turkeys in Disturbed and Undisturbed Forests, 2013-2015, $19,800

National Science Foundation
Investigating the Causes of Mate Sampling Changes in Infected Females, 2006-2010. $290,000

US Department of Agriculture.
Developing a PCR Test to Identify Turkey Coccidia, 2001-2005. $37,073