Rivers, Jim

Position Type: 
Job Title: 
Assistant 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


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Graduate Students: 
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 67:275-285.
  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: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 195:65-75.
  4. Rivers, J. W., J. Verschuyl, C. J. Schwarz, A. J. Kroll, and M. G. Betts. 2019. No evidence of a demographic response to experimental herbicide treatments by an early successional forest bird. Condor.
  5. Galbraith, S. M. J. H. Cane, A. R. Moldenke, and J. W. Rivers. 2019. Wild bee diversity increases with local fire severity in a fire-prone landscape. Ecosphere 10:02668.
  6. Lajoie, J. M., L. M. Gaino, and J. W. Rivers. 2019. Individual variation and seasonality drive bird feeder use during winter in a Mediterranean climate Ecology and Evolution 9:2535–2549.
  7. 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 116:563–572.
  8. Rivers, J. W., C. L. Mathis, A. R. Moldenke, and M. G. Betts. 2018. Wild bee diversity is enhanced by experimental removal of timber harvest residue within intensively managed conifer forest. Global Change Biology Bioenergy 10:766–781.
  9. Hardt, B. M., D. R. Ardia, M. J. Bashaw, and J. W. Rivers. 2018. Experimental brood enlargement differentially influences corticosterone expression in sympatric, ecologically similar songbirds. Functional Ecology 32:2008–2018.
  10. Barry, A. M., J. C. Hagar, and J. W. Rivers. 2018. Use of created snags by cavity-nesting birds across 25 years. Journal of Wildlife Management 82:1376–1384.
  11. 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 31:235–244.