Science, Senior Staff
Boise, Idaho 83702
Dr. Helen Neville has been with Trout Unlimited since 2006. She received her undergraduate degree in Biology from Brown University, a Master’s degree in Ecology, Behavior and Evolution from the University of California, San Diego, and her Ph.D. in Ecology, Evolution and Conservation Biology from the University of Nevada, Reno. She specializes in applying genetic tools to improve our understanding of the ecology and conservation needs of salmon and trout. She has used genetic approaches to characterize natal homing in Chinook salmon; determine the effects of fire, culvert isolation and hybridization on native redband trout; measure fish passage and population responses to habitat reconnection in cutthroat trout; determine genetic attributes of historically-stocked non-native brook trout; and uncover adaptive variability related to growth and temperature tolerance in Lahontan cutthroat trout. Currently she oversees a multi-faceted program working to recover the federally-listed Lahontan cutthroat trout, and collaborates with TU scientists and other colleagues on research evaluating population viability and climate change impacts in trout. She is also an active participant in TU’s Climate Change Working Group. Helen lives in Boise, ID, with her husband and two daughters, and loves having wonderful, wild Idaho as her back-yard.