Matt's background is in plant ecology, conservation biology, biogeography, and computer science. He earned a BS in Environmental and Forest Biology from the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry and constructed species distribution models as part of graduate study. His computing experience has ranged from working with early 8-bit home computers and mainframes to modern Linux servers and mobile platforms. His current computer work mostly involves Linux system administration, database administration, and full-stack development using open-source software.
Godwin, K.S., Hafner, S.D. and Buff, M.F., 2003. Long-term trends in sodium and chloride in the Mohawk River, New York: the effect of fifty years of road-salt application. Environmental pollution, 124(2), pp.273-281. https://doi.org/10.1016/S0269-7491(02)00481-5
Buff, M.F. and Leopold, D.J. 2012. Database and Algorithms to Support the NWPL. Presentation at the Annual Meeting of the NTCWV, 11 October, Hanover, NH. http://wetland-plants.usace.army.mil/nwpl_static/data/DOC/NTCWV/docs/2012_Oct_11.pdf (PDF, 813 KB)
Buff, M.F. and Leopold, D.J. 2013. Update-Database and Algorithms to Support the NWPL, Part 2. Presentation at the Annual Meeting of the NTCWV, 18 April, Charleston, SC. http://wetland-plants.usace.army.mil/nwpl_static/data/DOC/NTCWV/docs/2013_Apr_18.pdf (PDF, 347 KB)
Leopold, D.J. and Buff, M.F. 2013. Development of Database and Algorithms to Support the National Wetland Plant List: Report to the National Technical Committee for Wetland Vegetation (NTCWV). Syracuse, NY: State University of New York, College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Department of Environmental and Forest Biology. http://wetland-plants.usace.army.mil/nwpl_static/data/DOC/NTCWV/docs/2013_Buff_Leopold.pdf (PDF, 804 KB)
Gibbs, J.P., Buff, M.F. and Cosentino, B.J., 2019. The Biological System—Urban Wildlife, Adaptation, and Evolution: Urbanization as a Driver of Contemporary Evolution in Gray Squirrels (Sciurus carolinensis). In Hall M., Balogh S. (eds) Understanding Urban Ecology: An Interdisciplinary Systems Approach, pp. 269-286. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-11259-2_12