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Thomas, Daniel B., McGraw, Kevin J., James, Helen F. and Madden, Odile 2014. Non-destructive descriptions of carotenoids in feathers using Raman spectroscopy. Analytical Methods, 5: 1301-1308. doi:10.1039/C3AY41870G

Thomas, Daniel B., Nascimbene, Paul C., Dove, Carla J., Grimaldi, David A. and James, Helen F. 2014. Seeking carotenoid pigments in amber-preserved fossil feathers. Scientific Reports, 4 doi:10.1038/srep05226

Rocha, L. A., Aleixo, A., Allen, G., Almeda, F., Baldwin, C. C., Barclay, M. V. L., Bates, J. M., Bauer, A. M., Benzoni, F., Berns, C. M., Berumen, M. L., Blackburn, D. C., Blum, S., Bolanos, F., Bowie, R. C. K., Britz, R., Brown, R. M., Cadena, C. D., Carpenter, K., Ceriaco, L. M., Chakrabarty, P., Chaves, G., Choat, J. H., Clements, K. D., Collette, B. B., et al 2014. Specimen collection: An essential tool. Science, 344(6186): 814-815. doi:10.1126/science.344.6186.814

Thomas, Daniel B., McGraw, Kevin J., Butler, Michael W., Carrano, Matthew T., Madden, Odile and James, Helen F. 2014. Ancient origins and multiple appearances of carotenoid-pigmented feathers in birds. Proceedings of the Royal Society B-Biological Sciences, 281(1788) doi:10.1098/rspb.2014.0806

Meijer, Hanneke J. M., Sutikna, Thomas, Saptomo, E. W., Awe, Rokhus Due, Jatmiko, Wasisto, Sri, James, Helen F., Morwood, Michael J. and Tocheri, Matthew W. 2013. Late Pleistocene-Holocene non-passerine avifauna of Liang Bua (Flores, Indonesia). Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, 33(4): 877-894. doi:10.1080/02724634.2013.746941

Wiley, Anne E., Ostrom, Peggy H., Welch, Andreanna J., Fleischer, Robert C., Gandhi, Hasand, Southon, John R., Stafford, Thomas W., Penniman, Jay F., Hu, Darcy, Duvall, Fern P. and James, Helen F. 2013. Millennial-scale isotope records from a wide-ranging predator show evidence of recent human impact to oceanic food webs. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 110(22): 8972-8977. doi:10.1073/pnas.1300213110

Thomas, D. B., McGoverin, C. M., McGraw, K. J., James, H. F. and Madden, O. 2013. Vibrational spectroscopic analyses of unique yellow feather pigments (spheniscins) in penguins. Journal of the Royal Society Interface, 10(83): 20121065 doi:10.1098/rsif.2012.1065

Welch, Andreanna J., Wiley, Anne E., James, Helen F., Ostrom, Peggy H., Stafford, Thomas W. and Fleischer, Robert C. 2012. Ancient DNA reveals genetic stability despite demographic decline: three thousand years of population history in the endemic Hawaiian petrel. Molecular biology and evolution, 29(12): 3729-3740. doi:10.1093/molbev/mss185

Zhang, Zihui, Huang, Yunping, James, Helen F. and Hou, Lianhai 2012. Two Old World Vultures from the Middle Pleistocene of Northeastern China and their Implications for Interspecific Competition and Biogeography of Aegypiinae. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, 32(1): 117-124. doi:10.1080/02724634.2012.624146

James, Helen F. 2012. Review of: A Feather in the Cap of Science Feathers: The Evolution of a Natural Miracle, book review.. Bioscience, 62(2): 206-207. doi:10.1525/bio.2012.62.2.16

Wiley, Anne E., Welch, Andreanna J., Ostrom, Peggy H., James, Helen F., Stricker, Craig A., Fleischer, Robert C., Gandhi, Hasand, Adams, Josh, Ainley, David G., Duvall, Fern, Holmes, Nick, Hu, Darcy, Judge, Seth, Penniman, Jay and Swindle, Keith A. 2012. Foraging segregation and genetic divergence between geographically proximate colonies of a highly mobile seabird. Oecologia, 1: 119-130 doi:10.1007/s00442-011-2085-y.

Zhang, Zihui, Feduccia, Alan and James, Helen F. 2012. A Late Miocene Accipitrid (Aves: Accipitriformes) from Nebraska and Its Implications for the Divergence of Old World Vultures. PLOS One, 7(11): 1-8. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0048842

Welch, Andreanna J., Fleischer, Robert C., James, Helen F., Wiley, A. E., Ostrom, P. H., Adams, J., Duvall, F., Holmes, N., Hu, D., Penniman, J. and Swindle, K. A. 2012. Population divergence and gene flow in an endangered and highly mobile seabird. Heredity, 109(1): 19-28. doi:10.1038/hdy.2012.7

Zhang, Zihui, Huang, Yunping, James, Helen F. and Hou, Lianhai 2012. A Marabou (Ciconiidae: Leptoptilos) from the Middle Pleistocene of Northeastern China. The Auk, 129(4): 699-706. doi:10.1525/auk.2012.11227

Lerner, Heather R L., Meyer, Matthias, James, Helen F, Hofreiter, Michael and Fleischer, Robert C 2011. Multilocus Resolution of Phylogeny and Timescale in the Extant Adaptive Radiation of Hawaiian Honeycreepers. Current Biology, 21(21): 1838-1844. doi:10.1016/j.cub.2011.09.039

Wiley, Anne E., Ostrom, Peggy H., Stricker, Craig A., James, Helen F. and Gandhi, Hasand 2010. Isotopic Characterization of Flight Feathers in Two Pelagic Seabirds: Sampling Strategies for Ecological Studies. Condor, 112(2): 337-346. doi:10.1525/cond.2010.090186

Boyer, Alison G., James, Helen F., Olson, Storrs L. and Grant-Mackie, Jack A. 2010. Long-term ecological change in a conservation hotspot: the fossil avifauna of Mé Auré Cave, New Caledonia. Biodiversity and Conservation, 19(11): 3207-3224. doi:10.1007/s10531-010-9887-9

Reding, Dawn M., Foster, Jeffrey T., James, Helen F., Pratt, H. Douglas and Fleischer, Robert C. 2009. Convergent evolution of 'creepers' in the Hawaiian honeycreeper radiation. Biology Letters, 5(2): 221-224. doi:10.1098/rsbl.2008.0589

Iwaniuk, Andrew N., Olson, Storrs L. and James, Helen F. 2009. Extraordinary cranial specialization in a new genus of extinct duck (Aves: Anseriformes) from Kauai, Hawaiian Islands. Zootaxa, 2296: 47-67.

James, Helen F. 2009. Repeated Evolution of Fused Thoracic Vertebrae in Songbirds. The Auk, 126(4): 862-872. doi:10.1525/auk.2009.08194

Harbaugh Reynaud, Danica, Wagner, Warren L., Percy, Diana M., James, Helen F. and Fleischer, Robert C. 2009. Genetic Structure of the Polymorphic Metrosideros (Myrtaceae) Complex in the Hawaiian Islands Using Nuclear Microsatellite Data. PLoS ONE, 4(3): e4698 doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0004698

Fleischer, Robert C., James, Helen F. and Olson, Storrs L. 2008. Convergent evolution of Hawaiian and Australo-Pacific honeyeaters from distant songbird ancestors. Current Biology, 18: 1927-1931.

Percy, Diana M., Garver, Adam M., Wagner, Warren L., James, Helen F., Cunningham, Clifford W., Miller, Scott E. and Fleischer, Robert C. 2008. Progressive island colonization and ancient origin of Hawaiian Metrosideros (Myrtaceae). Proceedings of the Royal Society (London) B, 275(1642): 1479-1490. doi:10.1098/rspb.2008.0191

James, Helen F. and Price, J. P. 2008. Integration of palaeontological, historical, and geographical data on the extinction of koa-finches. Diversity and Distributions, 14(3): 441-451. doi:10.1111/j.1472-4642.2007.00442.x

James, Helen F. and Olson, Storrs L. 2006. A new species of Hawaiian finch (Drepanidini: Loxioides) from Makawauhi Cave, island of Kaua`i. The Auk, 123(2): 335-344, with cover art.

Jungers, William L., Lemelin, P., Godfrey, Laurie R., Wunderlich, R. E., Burney, David A., Simons, Elwyn L., Chatrath, P. S., James, Helen F. and Randria, G. F. N. 2005. The hands and feet of Archaeolemur: metrical affinities and their functional significance. Journal of Human Evolution, 49: 36-55.

James, Helen F. and Olson, Storrs L. 2005. The Diversity and Biogeography of Koa-Finches (Drepanidini: Rhodacanthis), With Descriptions of Two New Species. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society, 144: 527-541.

James, Helen F. 2005. Overview: Paleogene fossils and the radiation of modern birds. The Auk, 122(4): 1049-1054.

Hearty, P. J., James, Helen F. and Olson, Storrs L. 2005. The geological context of Middle Pleistocene crater lake deposits and fossil birds at Ulupau Head, Oahu, Hawaiian Islands. Monografies de la Societat d'Historia Natural de les Balears, 12: 113-128.

Iwaniuk, Andrew N., Nelson, John E., James, Helen F. and Olson, Storrs L. 2004. a Comparative Test of the Correlated Evolution of Flightlessness and Relative Brain Size in Birds. Journal of zoology, 263(3): 317-327.

James, Helen F. 2004. The osteology and phylogeny of the Hawaiian finch radiation (Fringillidae: Drepanidini), including extinct taxa. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society, 141: 207-255.

Olson, Storrs L. and James, Helen F. 2004. Fossil birds from the Hawaiian Islands: evidence for wholesale extinction by man before western contact [reprint of Science 217:633-35]. In: Lomolino, D., Sax, F. and Brown, J. H., Foundations of Biogeography: Classic Papers with Commentaries. Chicago and London: University of Chicago Press, pp.1023-1025.

James, Helen F. and Olson, Storrs L. 2003. A giant new species of Nukupuu (Fringillidae: Drepanidini: Hemignathus) from the island of Hawaii. The Auk, 120(4): 970-981.

James, Helen F. 2003. Review of: The lost world of the moa: prehistoric life of New Zealand. The Auk, 120(3): 917-919.

James, Helen F., Ericson, P. G. P., Slikas, B., Lei, F. M., Gill, F. B. and Olson, Storrs L. 2003. Pseudopodoces humilis, a misclassified terrestrial tit (Paridae) of the Tibetan Plateau: evolutionary consequences of shifting adaptive zones. Ibis, 145: 185-202.

Paxinos, Ellen, James, Helen F., Olson, Storrs L., Ballou, Jonathan D., Leonard, Jennifer A. and Fleischer, Robert C. 2002. Prehistoric decline of genetic diversity in the Nene. Science, 5574: 1827

Slikas, B., Olson, Storrs L., James, Helen F. and Fleischer, Robert C. 2002. Rapid, independent evolution of flightlessness in four species of Pacific Island rails (Rallidae): an analysis based on mitochondrial sequence data. Journal of Avian Biology, 33: 5-14.

Paxinos, E. E., James, Helen F., Olson, Storrs L., Sorenson, Michael D. and Fleischer, Robert C. 2002. MtDNA from fossils reveals a radiation of Hawaiian geese recently derived from the Canada goose (Branta canadensis). Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 99(3): 1399-1404.

James, Helen F. 2001. Prehistoric extinctions and ecological changes on oceanic islands [condensed version of 1995 overview article in Ecological Studies]. In: The Biodiversity Crisis: Losing What Counts. New York: The New Press, pp.90-94.

James, Helen F. 2001. Introduction [to the systematics papers]. In: Scott, M. J., Conant, S. and I, C. R. Van Riper,II, Ecology, conservation and management of Hawaiian birds: a vanishing avifauna.(Studies in Avian Biology) pp.48-50.

Burney, D. A., James, Helen F., Burney, L. P., Olson, Storrs L., Kikuchi, W., Wagner, Warren L., Burney, M., McCloskey, D., Kikuchi, D., Grady, F. V., Gage, R.,I and Nishek, R. 2001. Fossil evidence for a diverse biota from Kaua`i and its transformation since human arrival. Ecological Monographs, 71(6): 615-641.

Fleischer, Robert C., Tarr, C. L., James, Helen F., Slikas, B. and McIntosh, C. E. 2001. Phylogenetic placement of the po`o-uli Melamprosops phaeosoma based on mitochondrial DNA sequence and osteological characters. Studies in Avian Biology, 22: 98-103.

Fleischer, Robert C., Olson, Storrs L., James, Helen F. and Cooper, A. C. 2000. Identification of the extinct Hawaiian eagle (Haliaeetus) by mitochondrial DNA sequence. The Auk, 117(4): 1051-1056.

Hearty, Paul J., Kaufman, Darrell S., Olson, Storrs L. and James, Helen F. 2000. Stratigraphy and whole-rock amino acid geochronology of key Holocene and last interglacial carbonate deposits in the Hawaiian Islands. Pacific Science, 54(4): 423-442.

Sorenson, Michael D., Cooper, A., Paxinos, E. E., Quinn, T. W., James, Helen F., Olson, Storrs L. and Fleischer, Robert C. 1999. Relationships of the extinct moa-nalos, flightless Hawaiian waterfowl, based on ancient DNA. Proceedings of the Royal Society (London) B, 266: 2187-2194.

James, Helen F. 1998. Prehistoric extinctions and ecological changes on oceanic islands [condensed version of 1995 overview article in Ecological Studies]. In: Scientists on Biodiversity. New York: American Museum of Natural History, pp.43-47.

Burney, David A., James, Helen F., Grady, Frederick V., Rafamantanantsoa, Jean Gervais, Ramalisonina, Wright, Henry T. and Cowart, James B. 1997. Environmental change, extinction and human activity: evidence from caves in NW Madagascar. Journal of Biogeography, 24(6): 755-767.

Olson, Storrs L. and James, Helen F. 1997. Prehistoric status and distribution of the Hawaiian hawk (Buteo solitarius), with the first fossil record from Kauai. Bishop Museum Occasional Papers, 49: 65-69.

James, Helen F. and Burney, David A. 1997. The diet and ecology of Hawaii's extinct flightless waterfowl: evidence from coprolites. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, 62(2): 279-297.

Cooper, A. C., Rhymer, J., James, Helen F., Olson, Storrs L., McIntosh, C., Sorenson, Michael D. and Fleischer, Robert C. 1996. Ancient DNA and island endemics. Nature, 381(6582): 484

Olson, Storrs L. and James, Helen F. 1995. Nomenclature of the Hawaiian akialoas and Nukupuus (Aves: Drepanidini). Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington, 108(3): 373-387.

Burney, David A., DeCandido, R. V., Burney, Lida Pigott, Kostel-Hughes, F. N., Stafford T.W. , Jr and James, Helen F. 1995. A Holocene record of climate change, fire ecology and human activity from montane Flat Top Bog, Maui. Journal of Paleolimnology, 13: 209-217.

James, Helen F. 1995. Prehistoric extinctions and ecological changes on oceanic islands. Ecological Studies, 115: 87-102.

James, Helen F. 1994. [Review of] Handbook of avian anatomy: Nomina anatomica avium, second edition. Publications of the Nuttall Ornithological Club, no. 23, xiv + 779 pages. J. J. Baumel, A. S. Breaxile, H. E. Evans & J. C. Van den Berge. Ibis, 136: 498-499.

James, Helen F. 1994. [Review of] Archaeornithology: birds and the archaeological record. Archaeofauna, 1:1-275. Ibis, 136: 506-507.

Cooper, A. R., Fleischer, Robert C., James, Helen F. and Tuross, Noreen C. 1994. Studies of the effects of bone consolidants on endogenous DNA. Ancient DNA Newsletter, 2: 15-6.

James, Helen F. and Olson, Storrs L. 1994. Descriptions of thirty-two new species of birds from the Hawaiian Islands. Part II. Passeriformes [abridged version of 1991 Ornithological Monograph 46]. In: Kay, E. A., A Natural History of the Hawaiian Islands: Selected Readings II. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, pp.456-466.

Olson, Storrs L. and James, Helen F. 1994. Descriptions of thirty-two new species of birds from the Hawaiian Islands. Part I. Non-passeriformes [abridged version of 1991 Ornithological Monograph 45]. In: Kay, E. A., A Natural History of the Hawaiian Islands: Selected Readings II. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, pp.439-455.

Olson, Storrs L. and James, Helen F. 1994. A chronology of ornithological exploration in the Hawaiian Islands, from Cook to Perkins. Studies in Avian Biology, 15: 91-102.

Olson, Storrs L. and James, Helen F. 1994. A specimen of Nuku pu'u (Aves: Drepanidini: Hemignathus lucidus) from the island of Hawai'i. Pacific Science, 48(4): 331-338.

James, Helen F. 1992. [Review of] Owls, caves and fossils. Predation, preservation, and accumulation of small mammal bones in caves, with an analysis of the Pleistocene cave faunas from Westbury-sub-Mendip, Somerset, UK. P. Andrews. 1990. University of Chicago Press, Chicago, Illinois. viii + 231 pp. The Auk, 109: 402-403.

James, Helen F. 1991. The contribution of fossils to knowledge of Hawaiian birds. Acta XX Congressus Internationalis Ornithologici, 1: 420-424.

Olson, Storrs L. and James, Helen F. 1991. Descriptions of thirty-two new species of birds from the Hawaiian Islands: Part 1. Non-Passeriformes. Ornithological Monographs, 45: 1-88.

James, Helen F. and Olson, Storrs L. 1991. Descriptions of thirty-two new species of birds from the Hawaiian Islands: Part 2. Passeriformes. Ornithological Monographs, 46: 1-88.

Athens, J. S., Kaschko, M. W. and James, Helen F. 1991. Prehistoric bird hunters: high altitude resource exploitation on Hawai`i Island. Bishop Museum Occasional Papers, 31: 63-84.

Olson, Storrs L. and James, Helen F. 1989. Fragile outposts [about Hawaiian fossil birds]. In: Page, Jake and Morton, Eugene S., Lords of the Air. Washington, DC: Smithsonian Books, pp.110-115.

Medeiros, A. C., Loope, L. L. and James, Helen F. 1989. Caves, bird bones and beetles: new discoveries in rain forests of Haleakala. Park Science, 9(2): 20-21.

James, Helen F., Zusi, Richard L. and Olson, Storrs L. 1989. Dysmorodrepanis munroi (Fringillidae: Drepanidini), a valid genus and species of Hawaiian finch. Wilson Bulletin, 101(2): 159-179.

Olson, Storrs L. and James, Helen F. 1988. Nomenclature of the Kauai Amakihi and Kauai Akialoa (Drepanidini). Elepaio, 48(2): 13-14.

James, Helen F., Stafford, T. W., Jr., Steadman, D. W., Olson, Storrs L., Martin, P. S., Jull, A. J. and McCoy, P. C. 1987. Radiocarbon dates on bones of extinct birds from Hawaii. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 84(8): 2350-2354.

Olson, Storrs L., Angle, J. P., Grady, F. V. and James, Helen F. 1987. A technique for salvaging anatomical material from study skins of rare or extinct birds. The Auk, 104(3): 510-512.

James, Helen F. 1987. A late Pleistocene avifauna from the island of Oahu, Hawaiian Islands. In: Mourer-Chauviré, Cécile, L'Évolution des oiseaux d'après le témoignage des fossiles. Table Ronde internationale de CNRS, Lyon-Villeurbanne, 18-21 Sept. 1985. Documents des Laboratoires de Géologie de Lyon, no. 99. pp.121-128.

Olson, Storrs L. and James, Helen F. 1986. The holotype of the Laysan finch Telespiza cantans Wilson (Drepanidini). Bulletin of the British Ornithologists' Club, 106(2): 84-86.

Olson, Storrs L. and James, Helen F. 1984. The role of Polynesians in the extinction of the avifauna of the Hawaiian Islands. In: Martin, P. S. and Klein, R. G., Quaternary extinctions: A prehistoric revolution. Tucson: University of Arizona Press, pp.768-780.

James, Helen F. and Olson, Storrs L. 1983. Flightless birds. Natural History, 92(9): 30-40.

Olson, Storrs L. and James, Helen F. 1982. Fossil birds from the Hawaiian Islands: evidence for wholesale extinction by man before western contact. Science, 217(4560): 633-635.

Olson, Storrs L. and James, Helen F. 1982. Prodromus of the fossil avifauna of the Hawaiian Islands. Smithsonian Contributions to Zoology, 365: 1-59. doi:10.5479/si.00810282.365

Olson, Storrs L., James, Helen F. and Meister, C. A. 1981. Winter field notes and specimen weights of Cayman Island birds. Bulletin of the British Ornithologists' Club, 101(3): 339-346.

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