Rivers, Jim

Position Type: 
Job Title: 
Assistant Professor (Senior Research)
Forest Ecosystems & Society
Office Location: 

214 Richardson Hall

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: 
  • Forest, Wildlife, and Landscape Ecology
Research Interests: 
  • Conservation Biology
  • Disturbance Ecology
  • Wildlife Ecology
Avian brood parasitism; Ecology and conservation of native bees; Wildlife conservation in managed forests


Graduate Major Advisor
Selected Publications: 
  1. Rivers, J. W., M. A. Blundell, and S. I. Rothstein. 2014. Mismatched begging displays between foreign and host offspring reduce brood parasite fitness. Behavioral Ecology 25:785-793.
  2. Rivers, J. W., J. M. Johnson, S. M. Haig, C. J. Schwarz, J. W. Glendening, L. J. Burnett, D. George, and J. Grantham. 2014. Resource selection in the California Condor (Gymnogyps californianus) relative to terrestrial-based habitats and meteorological conditions. PLOS ONE 9:e88430.
  3. Rivers, J. W., M. A. Blundell, T. M. Loughin, B. D. Peer, and S. I. Rothstein. 2013. The exaggerated begging behavior of an obligate avian brood parasite is shared with a nonparasitic close relative. Animal Behaviour 86:529-536.
  4. Rivers, J. W., A. L. Liebl, J. C. Owen, L. B. Martin, and M. G. Betts. 2012. Baseline corticosterone is positively related to juvenile survival in a migrant passerine bird. Functional Ecology 26:1127-1134.