Dr. James Helfield


Environmental Sciences

Associate Professor

(360) 650-7285


ES338, MS9181

Research Interests

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.


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