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Helina Alvarez

Helina is passionate about working with Indigenous communities to help bridge the gap between Indigenous science and western science. Her current research will involve collaborating with Shoshone-Bannock Tribes on the Fort Hall Reservation

About – Helina Alvarez

Helina was born and raised in Southern California, where she enjoyed her time outside in the desert, mountains and beaches. Her Native American and Mexican heritage has highly influenced how she sees and moves through the world. This respect and love for all living creatures and resources grew immensely when she became the first person in her family to attend college. Her study abroad experiences confirmed for her the importance of involving local and Indigenous knowledge in her research. 


Bridge to Doctorate Fellowship (2020-2022)


Helina Alvarez

Ph.D. Student:  Ecology, Evolution and Behavior/ Human-Environment Systems

Education / Academic background 

M.S. Colorado State University – Conservation Leadership

B.S. Humboldt State University- Wildlife Management and Conservation

Research Interests 

Helina’s interests include: Indigenous science, water conservation, native species distribution, environmental justice and climate change adaptations.


Dr. Jodi Brandt

Dr. Matt Williamson 

Stella Point Kiliamanjaro, Tanzania