Rivers, Jim

Position Type: 
Job Title: 
Associate Professor of Wildlife Ecology
Forest Engineering, Resources & Management
Office Location: 

342 Peavy Forest Science Center (PFSC)

Phone Number: 
(541) 737-6581
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


Graduate Major Advisor
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.