Post Doctoral Researcher, 1997-1999, Stanford University, Hopkins Marine Station, Pacific Grove, California (Mark Denny, supervisor)
Ph.D, 1997, University of Washington; Zoology (Thomas Daniel, PhD supervisor)
MS, 1991, Northeastern University; Biology (Marine Biology; Kenneth Sebens, MS supervisor)
BS, 1989, Cornell University; Biology (Ecology and Evolution; C. Drew Harvell, research supervisor)
Area(s) of Expertise
Environmental Policy; Ecological Forecasting; Sustainability
Professor Helmuth’s research explores the effects of climate and climate change on the physiology and ecology of marine organisms. Specifically, Prof. Helmuth uses thermal engineering techniques, including a combination of field work, remote sensing and mathematical modeling, to explore the ways in which the environment determines the body temperatures of coastal marine animals such as mussels and seastars. Combined with energetics models, this approach provides a quantitative method of mapping patterns of growth, reproduction, and survival in economically and ecologically important coastal species. A major goal of this approach (funded by NASA and NSF) is to inform decision makers with scientifically accurate and useful forecasts. While much of his work has focused on North American rocky intertidal ecosystems, the Helmuth lab also collaborates with researchers in Adelaide and Melbourne, Australia; Chile; China; Hong Kong; Italy; South Africa; and the U.K.\
Professor Helmuth’s lab group regularly includes K-12 teachers in their research, and Professor Helmuth is actively involved in the ongoing National Climate Assessment.
Prof. Helmuth is a joint appointment between the College of Science and the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs.