Kelly West Jones

I am an Associate Professor in the Department of Human Dimensions of Natural Resources at Colorado State University (CSU). I apply microeconomic theory and methods to understand relationships between people, policy, and the environment. Specific areas of interest include conservation governance, ecosystem services, and impact evaluation. Much of my scholarship has been devoted to interdisciplinary collaborations that combine physical, ecological, and social science theory and methods to advance knowledge. My work contributes broadly to the fields of land use science, evidence-based conservation, and ecosystem services science. My research has been funded by NASA and NSF. Current research projects are located in Colorado, Ecuador, Mexico and Ethiopia.

At CSU I teach undergraduate and graduate courses on ecosystem services and human wellbeing. I have also offered courses on evidence-based conservation and payments for ecosystem services.

I received a Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program Award to Colombia for 2020-2021 and CSU’s Office of Vice President for Research’s Interdisciplinary Team Scholarship Award in 2017.