This reading list gathers together literature focused on buffalo (also known as bison) to support ongoing efforts to restore this iconic species to its keystone cultural and ecological role. The books and articles compiled here are grounded in a wide range of academic disciplines and approaches, representing many distinct ways of thinking about buffalo within the realm of Western sciences. This is not intended to be an exhaustive account of what is known about buffalo, much of which is held in Indigenous knowledge systems and communities. This academic list is designed as a resource for those working towards buffalo restoration, including conservation practitioners, researchers, parks and government officials, and Tribal communities. It is divided into categories according to either discipline or thematic focus, each containing a subset of pertinent literature. Topics include the paleobiology of bison, histories of buffalo loss, relationships between Indigenous Peoples and buffalo, buffalo restoration and reintroduction, buffalo ecology, buffalo and climate change, governance and human dimensions of buffalo, bison and cattle, bison as livestock, and the genetics of bison. This list is intended as a living document to grow with the increasingly rich scholarship on buffalo, and will be updated regularly.
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Stevens, Madison; Lunstrum, Elizabeth; Faselt, Jamie; Brock, Brent L.; Kunkel, Kyran E.; Rayapati, Jake; Andersen, Chamois; Martin, Jeff; Kennedy, Jordan; Hisey, Forrest; Olive, Andrea; and Williamson, Matt, "Buffalo Reading List" (2023). Environmental Studies Program Faculty Publications and Presentations. 9.