Helen Rowe

Helen Rowe
Senior Sustainability Scientist, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability
Assistant Research Professor, School of Life Sciences, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Partnership Program Lead, Center for Biodiversity Outcomes, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability


School of Life Sciences
Arizona State University
PO Box 874501
Tempe, AZ 85287-4501

Helen Rowe is the Partnerships Program Lead for Center for Biodiversity Outcomes. She is also an Assistant Research Professor in the School of Life Sciences and a Senior Sustainability Scientist in the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability at Arizona State University.

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.

PhD, Ecology, Colorado State University, 2006

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

MS, Rangeland Ecosystem Science, Colorado State University, 2000

BA, Integrated Sustainable Socioeconomic Development, University of Colorado-Boulder, 1992



Stromberg, J. C., H. L. Bateman, E. Makings, N. Franz, H. Rowe, S. Beute, 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)