Select Publications

  • Naiman, R.J. and R.E. Bilby (eds). 1998. River Ecology and Management: Lessons from the Pacific Coastal Ecoregion. Springer-Verlag, New York.
  • Naiman, R.J., H. Décamps, and M.E. McClain. 2005. Riparia: Ecology, Conservation and Management of Streamside Communities. Elsevier/Academic Press, San Diego.
  • Helfield, J.M. and R.J. Naiman. 2006. Keystone interactions: Salmon and bear in riparian forests of Alaska. Ecosystems 9:167-180.
  • Naiman, R.J., J.J. Latterell, N.E. Pettit, and J.D. Olden. 2008. Flow variability and the biophysical vitality of river systems. Comptes Rendus Geosciences (in press).

Regrettably, this professor is no longer available as a faculty advisor for graduate students.

I am a professor in the College of Ocean and Fishery Sciences and the UNESCO Chair in Sustainable Rivers at the University of Washington. My degrees are from California State Polytechnic University (BS), UCLA (MA), Arizona State University (Ph.D)—all in Zoology—and include an honorary doctorate from the Université Paul Sabatier (Toulouse, France). Multidisciplinary and administrative experiences include being a research scientist and director of the Matamek Research Program at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, director of the Center for Water and the Environment at the University of Minnesota, and director of the Center for Streamside Studies at the University of Washington. My research interests focus on the structure and dynamics of streams and rivers, riparian vegetation, and the role of large animals in influencing system dynamics. I have written and edited ten books on aquatic ecology and watershed management, in addition to over 200 journal articles. My current interests revolve around interactions between marine-derived nutrients and riparian vegetation, as well as the environmental consequences of changing water regimes. I have chaired national and international committees (such as The Freshwater Imperative, the UNESCO-MAB Ecotone Programme, and the DIVERSITAS Freshwater Program), have participated on science advisory panels for the National Science Foundation and the Northwest Power Planning and Conservation Council, consulted for government research organizations in France and South Africa, and advised conservation organizations (Ecotrust and American Rivers) as well as private foundations. My research and administrative endeavors have been used to shape riparian management on Western lands, to instigate the National Science Foundation's Water and Watersheds Program, and to help launch the Global Water System Project. My underlying philosophy is that effective decisions are founded on a balance of environmental and cultural principles, and that effective management solutions are achieved through innovation. On weekends, I can be found building an environmentally friendly home on San Juan Island or, if fishing is good, on the water.