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Helen Bothwell

Assistant Professor, Landscape Ecology and Conservation Genetics

Dr. Bothwell’s research is motivated by a drive to contribute concrete, practical solutions for conservation genetic management of species facing rapid global change. She works at the intersection of population genetics, landscape ecology and spatial statistical modeling to investigate how ecological and evolutionary processes have shaped the distribution of species and genetic variation across the landscape. A key focus is building better models that reduce sources of uncertainty, thereby reducing risks associated with management decisions. The Bothwell Lab also aims to contribute theoretical advances to the fields of landscape genetics, community genetics, and macrosystems ecology by applying a "genes-to-ecosystems" approach to elucidate the role of fine-scale, micro-evolutionary processes in driving the emergence of macroscale patterns.  

Current projects include investigating functional genomics of drought adaptation in Australian eucalyptus to improve restoration of climate-resilient forests, and estimating population viability and genetic connectivity of Georgia black bear and ruffed grouse to support DNR management plans.

Collaborative research is essential for tackling the global-scale challenges of modern conservation work. The Bothwell lab strives to foster a cooperative environment in which diverse perspectives are valued and all students feel supported in achieving their goals.


B.S. Conservation Biology, Art, University of Wisconsin – Madison

Graduate Certificate in Applied Statistics, Northern Arizona University

PhD Biology, Northern Arizona University


Area of Specialty:
Research Interests:

Landscape Ecology and Conservation Genetics

Articles Featuring Helen Bothwell
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