Helen Rowe

  • Senior Sustainability Scientist, Global Institute of Sustainability
  • Assistant Research Professor, School of Life Sciences, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • Director, Ecosystem Restoration Iniatiative, School of Life Sciences, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Arizona State University
School of Life Sciences
PO Box 874501
Tempe, AZ 85287-4501
Email: helen.rowe@asu.edu
Web: http://sols.asu.edu/rti/ecri.php


My current research interests can be described as the study of conservation in human-dominated landscapes. Given the pressure of urbanization and agriculture, how do we maintain viable natural and critical habitats to preserve biodiversity? While my recent research uses tallgrass prairie as the system of interest, similar questions can be applied to other systems. Current projects include: 1) evaluating the effect of restoring parcels with high or low diversity plant communities on native prairie remnants as compared to adjacent crops or roads; 2) quantifying ecosystem services of native prairie as well as restorations of varying quality in an agroecosystem context; and 3) testing specific restoration techniques in support of improving ecological restoration management practices.


conservation biology; biodiversity; urbanization


    Ph.D., Ecology, Colorado State University, 2006

    Short Course, Techniques in Arbuscular Mycorrhiza Research, University of York, 2005

    M.S., Rangeland Ecosystem Science, Colorado State University, 2000

    B.A., Integrated Sustainable Socioeconomic Development, University of Colorado-Boulder, 1992



Stromberg, J. C., H. L. Bateman, E. Makings, N. Franz, H. Rowe, S. Beule, A. Suchy, D. Wolkis, B. Scott and R. DePuydt. 2012. Inventory and monitoring of the Salt River in Phoenix. Poster presented at 13 January 2012 CAP LTER 14th Annual Poster Symposium and All Scientist Meeting, Global Institute of Sustainability, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ. (link)