Jim Rivers

Rivers, Jim

Position Type:
Job Title:
Associate Professor of Wildlife Ecology
Forest Engineering, Resources & Management
Office Location:
342 Peavy Forest Science Center (PFSC)
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Graduate Major Advisor
B.S. (Honors), 1997, University of Massachusetts
M.S., 1999, Kansas State University
Ph.D., 2008, University of California, Santa Barbara
Research Areas
Silviculture, Fire, Forest Health and Biodiversity
Forest, Wildlife and Landscape Ecology
Research Interests
  • Conservation Biology
  • Disturbance Ecology
  • Wildlife Ecology
Ecology and conservation of native pollinators; Wildlife conservation in managed forests
Selected Publications:
  1. Zitomer, R. A., S. M. Galbraith, M. G. Betts, A. R. Moldenke, R. A. Progar, and J. W. Rivers. 2023. Bee diversity decreases rapidly with time since harvest in intensively managed conifer forests. Ecological Applications 33:e2855
  2. Ulyshen, M., K. R. Urban-Mead, J. B. Dorey, and J. W. Rivers. 2023. Forests are critically important to global pollinator diversity and enhance pollination in adjacent crops. Biological Reviews 98:1118-1141.
  3. Kerstens, M. E., and J. W. Rivers. 2023. Is green the new black? Black-backed Woodpecker vital rates do not differ between unburned and burned forests within a pyrodiverse landscape. Ornithological Applications 125:duad010.
  4. Galbraith, S. M., J. H. Cane, and J. W. Rivers. 2021. Wildfire severity influences offspring sex ratio in a native solitary bee. Oecologia 195(1):65–75.
  5. Betts, M. G., J. M. Northrup, J. A. Bailey Guerrero, L. J. Adrean, S. K. Nelson, J. L. Fisher, B. D. Gerber, M.-S. Garcia-Heras, Z. Yang, D. D. Roby, and J. W. Rivers. 2020. Squeezed by a habitat split: warm ocean conditions and old-forest loss interact to reduce long-term occupancy of a threatened seabird. Conservation Letters 13(5):e12745.
  6. Rivers, J. W., S. M. Galbraith, J. H. Cane, C. B. Schultz, M. D. Ulyshen, and U. G. Kormann. 2018. A review of research needs for pollinators in managed conifer forests. Journal of Forestry 116(6):563–572.
  7. Rivers, J. W., G. N. Newberry, C. J. Schwarz, and D. R. Ardia. 2017. Success despite the stress: violet-green swallows increase glucocorticoids and maintain reproductive output following experimental increases in flight costs. Functional Ecology 31(1):235–244.