Kelly W Jones

Last name: 
Jones

My research focuses on the relationships between conservation governance, ecosystem services, and human wellbeing. I engage in interdisciplinary collaborations that combine ecological, economic and social science theory and methods to advance knowledge on the impacts of conservation governance. These interdisciplinary projects contribute to evidence-based conservation and ecosystem services science.

Title/Role: 
Assistant Professor of Ecological Economics
Phone: 
970-491-4175
Research Interests (General): 
Research Interests (Specific): 
Ecosystem services science; Land cover land use change science; Evidence based conservation; Impact evaluation; Payment for ecosystem services; Land tenure; Protected areas; Forest conservation; Water conservation
Research Projects: 
Project Title: 
Integrated ecological-socioeconomic modeling of payment for ecosystem service program impacts on ecosystem services in Mexico
Project Location: 
Mexico
Project Location Coordinates: 
19°27'7.05"N 96°57'31.66"W
Project Location Details: 
Veracruz State, Mexico
Project Citations: 

Asbjornsen, H., A. Mayer, K. Jones, T. Selfa, L. Saenz, R. Kolka, K. Halvorsen. 2015. “Assessing impacts of payments for watershed service on sustainability in coupled natural-human systems.” Bioscience 65: 579-591.

Project Description: 
This is a NSF Coupled Natural-Human Systems project made up of geospatial scientists, ecologists, hydrologists, sociologists and economists. We are: 1) assessing impacts of PES programs on social, economic and land use outcomes, 2) measuring tradeoffs across watershed services and other ecosystem services, and 3) building integrated models to run scenarios of future impacts on ecosystem services.
Project Title: 
The impact of land tenure and forest conservation incentives on deforestation in the Ecuadorian Amazon
Project Location: 
Ecuador
Project Location Coordinates: 
0° 5'30.21"S 77°15'32.80"W
Project Location Details: 
Amazon Region, Ecuador
Project Citations: 

Jones, K.W., M.B. Holland, L. Naughton-Treves, M. Morales, L. Suarez, and K. Keelan. 2016. “Forest conservation incentives and deforestation in the Ecuadorian Amazon.” Environmental Conservation. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0376892916000308.

Project Description: 
A multidisciplinary social science team is working to provide empirical evidence on the impact of land titling and a national forest incentives program on deforestation in Ecuador. We are combining remote sensing analysis, quasi-experimental methods, and household surveys and interviews to better understand how these conservation approaches affect household behaviors.
Project Title: 
Return on investment of watershed partnership investments in Colorado
Project Location: 
United States
Project Location Coordinates: 
40°35'6.94"N 105° 4'43.09"W
Project Location Details: 
Front Range, CO
Project Description: 
A group of forest ecologists, hydrologists and economists are working with watershed partnerships in Colorado to build integrated modeling assessments of the impacts of forest restoration and wildfire mitigation practices on ecosystem service benefits.