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. Rivers, J. W., and M. G. Betts. 2021. Post-harvest bee diversity is high but declines rapidly with stand age in regenerating Douglas-fir forest. Forest Science 67(3):275-285.
  2. Lajoie, J. L., L. M. Gaino, and J. W. Rivers. 2021. Experimentally induced flight costs do not lead to increased reliance on supplemental food in winter by a small songbird. Journal of Avian Biology 52(9):e02782.
  3. 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.
  4. Valente, J. J., S. K. Nelson, J. W. Rivers, D. D. Roby, and M. G. Betts. 2021. Experimental evidence that social information affects habitat selection in Marbled Murrelets. Ornithology 138(2):ukaa086.
  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.