Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

Helen James

Research Zoologist and Curator of Birds
Department / Division
Education
  • B.A., University of Arkansas
  • D.Phil., Oxford University
Research Interests
Systematics, evolutionary morphology, and fossil record of birds; island biogeography and paleoecology; ecological effects of humans in island and marine ecosystems
Publications
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  • James, Helen F. 2017. "Getting under the skin: A call for specimen-based research on the internal anatomy of birds." in The Extended Specimen: Emerging Frontiers in Collections-Based Ornithological Research, edited by Webster, Michael S., 11–22. Boca Raton, FL: Studies in Avian Biology, no. 50. CRC Press.
  • Wiley, Anne E., James, Helen F., and Ostrom, Peggy H. 2017. "Emerging techniques and sampling strategies for museum-based stable isotope studies of avian ecology." in The Extended Specimen: Emerging Frontiers in Collections-Based Ornithological Research., edited by Webster, Michael S., 89–109. Boca Raton, FL: Studies in Avian Biology, no. 50. CRC Press.
  • Olson, Storrs L. and James, Helen F. 2004. "Fossil birds from the Hawaiian Islands: evidence for wholesale extinction by man before western contact [reprint of Science 217:633-35]." in Foundations of Biogeography: Classic Papers with Commentaries, edited by Lomolino, D., Sax, F., and Brown, J. H., 1023–1025. Chicago and London: University of Chicago Press.
  • James, Helen F. 2001. "Prehistoric extinctions and ecological changes on oceanic islands [condensed version of 1995 overview article in Ecological Studies]." in The Biodiversity Crisis: Losing What Counts, 90–94. New York: The New Press.
  • James, Helen F. 2001. "Introduction [to the systematics papers]." in Ecology, conservation and management of Hawaiian birds: a vanishing avifauna, edited by Scott, M. J., Conant, S., and I, C. R. Van Riper,II., 48–50. Studies in Avian Biology.
  • James, Helen F. 1998. "Prehistoric extinctions and ecological changes on oceanic islands [condensed version of 1995 overview article in Ecological Studies]." in Scientists on Biodiversity, 43–47. New York: American Museum of Natural History.
  • James, Helen F. and Olson, Storrs L. 1994. "Descriptions of thirty-two new species of birds from the Hawaiian Islands. Part II. Passeriformes [abridged version of 1991 Ornithological Monograph 46]." in A Natural History of the Hawaiian Islands: Selected Readings II, edited by Kay, E. A., 456–466. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press.
  • Olson, Storrs L. and James, Helen F. 1994. "Descriptions of thirty-two new species of birds from the Hawaiian Islands. Part I. Non-passeriformes [abridged version of 1991 Ornithological Monograph 45]." in A Natural History of the Hawaiian Islands: Selected Readings II, edited by Kay, E. A., 439–455. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press.
  • Olson, Storrs L. and James, Helen F. 1989. "Fragile outposts [about Hawaiian fossil birds]." in Lords of the Air, edited by Page, Jake and Morton, Eugene S., 110–115. Washington, DC: Smithsonian Books.
  • James, Helen F. 1987. "A late Pleistocene avifauna from the island of Oahu, Hawaiian Islands." in L'Évolution des oiseaux d'après le témoignage des fossiles. Table Ronde internationale de CNRS, Lyon-Villeurbanne, 18-21 Sept. 1985. Documents des Laboratoires de Géologie de Lyon, no. 99, edited by Mourer-Chauviré, Cécile., 121–128.

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