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  • Washington, D.C. 20250-0003
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Eileen H. Helmer

Research Ecologist
USDA FS - RMRS, 240 West Prospect Road
Fort Collins
United States

Phone: 970-498-2644
Fax: 970-498-1212
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Current Research

  • Tree successional dynamics and diversity across landscapes reforesting after large-scale clearing
  • Remote sensing of tropical forests
  • Interactions among the drivers of tropical forest productivity and species composition

Research Interests

  • USDA Forest Service Forest Inventory and Analysis Program in the Caribbean
  • Forest inventory to study the dynamics and diversity of tropical forest trees across landscapes
  • Characterization of tropical forest types, age, structure and change with satellite imagery


  • Oregon State University, Ph.D. Forest Ecology, Landscape ecology and remote sensing of tropical forests 1998
  • University of Minnesota, M.S.C.E. Environmental Engineering and Sciences, Water chemistry, aluminum geochemistry in peatland waters 1987
  • University of Illinois, B.S. Ecology, Ethology and Evolution 1984

Professional Experience

  • Ecologist, US Environmental Protection Agency, Region 5
    1990 - 1993
  • Environmental Engineer, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 5
    1988 - 1989

Professional Organizations

  • American Geophysical Union, Member (2004 - Current)
  • Association For Tropical Biology And Conservation, Member (2000 - Current)
  • Ecological Society of America, Member (1997 - Current)

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Research Highlights


Mapping avian habitat characteristics using cloud-cleared satellite image mosaics

Forest age, vertical structure, disturbance For studies of wintering habitat for the endangered Kirtland's Warbler, scientists from the Forest S ...


New Study Leads the Way to Detailed Mapping of Tropical Rain Forest Types

Tropical tree communities mapped for Trinidad and Tobago with satellite imagery


Nitrogen and Phosphorus Content in Forest Floor Litter is Elevated in a Tropical Landscape Recovering from Deforestation

Fallen leaf chemistry provides a window into the various and often complex factors affecting the availability of nutrients to trees. Both nitrog ...


Last updated on : 10/06/2016