James Helfield

Associate Professor


PhD Forest Ecology, University of Washington; MSc Physical Geography, University of Toronto; MES Environmental Studies, York University; BA English Literature, Duke University

Research Interests

Jim Helfield and his dog Della on NFMF gravel bar

My research focuses on rivers and riparian forests. I am especially interested in processes affecting the habitat and ecology of Pacific salmon and trout, and the ways in which these processes respond to and recover from anthropogenic stress. A recurring theme in my work is the interconnectedness and interdependence of rivers and their surrounding watersheds, and the need for habitat restoration strategies to recognize these linkages.