Helen Rowe conducting field work

Other Appointments

Associate Research Professor
School of Earth Sciences and Environmental Sustainability
Northern Arizona University

McDowell Sonoran Conservancy

Contact Information

Call: (765) 427-8833

Email: hr392@nau.edu

Helen Rowe, Ph.D.

Center for Adaptable Western Landscapes

Helen Rowe holds a split appointment as an associate research professor in the School of Earth and Sustainability, Northern Arizona University, and the director of Parsons Field Institute, McDowell Sonoran Conservancy, Scottsdale, Arizona.  She engages citizen scientists, research partners, and students to improve ecological restoration and invasive species management techniques in arid environments and to conduct long-term monitoring to detect changes caused by urbanization and climate change. Dr. Rowe also co-chairs the International Union of the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Sonoran Desert Plant Species Specialist Group. This IUCN group is responsible for assessing the extinction risk of the almost 4,000 plant species in the Sonoran Desert and initiating conservation planning for the most threatened species.


  1. 2006-2007

    Postdoctoral Scholar

    Purdue University
  2. 2006

    Ph.D., Ecology

    Colorado State University
  3. 2000

    M.S., Rangeland Ecosystem Science

    Colorado State University
  4. 1992

    B.S., Integrated Sustainable Socioeconomic Development

    University of Colorado, Boulder

Professional Experience

  1. 2019-present
    Associate Research Professor, School of Earth and Sustainability
    Northern Arizona University
  2. 2021-present
    McDowell Sonoran Conservancy
  3. 2015-2021
    Director, Parsons Field Institute
    McDowell Sonoran Conservancy
  4. 2010-2015
    Associate Research Professor, School of Life Sciences
    Arizona State University
  5. 2010-2013
    Director, Ecosystem Conservation and Resilience Initiative, School of Life Science
    Arizona State University
  6. 2008-2010
    Assistant Research Professor, Department of Forestry and Natural Resources
    Purdue University