Gene Helfman

Professor Emeritus

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AB Zoology, U.C. Berkeley 1967; MS, Zoology, Univ. of Hawaii, 1973; PhD Ecology and Systematics, Cornell, 1979

More About

Since retiring from UGA in 2007, I’ve written general interest books on fishes and sharks, and two eco-fiction novels, Beyond the Human Realm (2021), and FINS, A Novel of Relentless Satire (2023).

Areas of Expertise
  • Conservation ecology
Research Interests

Conservation of fishes; effects of land use on fishes; invasive species; behavioral and ecological interactions and their impact on fish conservation.

Selected Publications
  1. Gene Helfman. Beyond the Human Realm, A Novel. Luminare Press.
  2. Gene Helfman. FINS, A Novel of Relentless Satire. Luminare Press.
  3. Helfman, G. S. and G. E. Burgess. Sharks: The Animal Answer Guide. Johns Hopkins University Press.
  4. Helfman, G. S. and B. B. Collette. Fishes: The Animal Answer Guide. Johns Hopkins University Press.
  5. D. E. Facey, B. B. Collette, B. E. Bowen, and G. S. Helfman. The Diversity of Fishes. Biology, Evolution, and Ecology, 3rd edition. Wiley-Blackwell. (1st edition, 1997).
  6. Helfman, G. S. Fish Conservation: A Guide to Understanding and Restoring Global Aquatic Biodiversity and Fishery Resources. Washington, DC: Island Press.