About Natalie

Hello! My name is Natalie Buchholz (she/her), but I prefer to go by Bucky. My interests lie in the intersections between people and nature, which usually leads to studying urban canopies and human-wildlife interactions. I am a fervent environmental justice and equity advocate, and much of my research includes some component of equity research and advocacy. Current research includes analyzing American Forests' Tree Equity Score for the City of Fort Collins, Colorado, and modeling tree species survivorship under future climate projections for the Front Range of Colorado. My dream is to research the interactions between people, Asian Elephants, and rainforest deforestation in Cambodia in order to help locals transition from Elephant-based logging to more humane practices. Teaching is one of my great passions in life, and I hope to someday be a research professor inspiring the next generation of environmental scientists!



  • Urban Forests of Colorado
  • Canopy Justice and Equity
  • Environmental Justice and Equity
  • Modeling Future Climates and Impacts on Urban Forests
  • Human-Wildlife Interactions
  • South East Asia
  • Asian Elephants


BA , Environmental Studies - University of Colorado Boulder
Boulder, CO, 2019

BA, Anthropology - University of Colorado Boulder
Boulder, CO, 2019

Graduate & Advisor Program

Julia Klein
MS through Graduate Degree Program in Ecology

Awards, Honors, Grants

  • Programs of Research and Scholarly Excellence (PRSE) Fellowship Award, 2020
  • Magna Cum Laude, Environmental Sciences BA, University of Colorado Boulder, 2019
  • Le Baron Scholarship award for Teaching Aptitude, 2018


Medicinal Trees of America

Agroforestry- Global Perspective, University of Colorado Boulder, March 13, 2017


  • PLAY Boulder Tree Trust (founding member)
  • Society for Collegiate Scholars