Kelly West Jones

I am an Assistant 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 and the environment. Specific topics of interest include payments for ecosystem services, impact evaluation, land tenure and property rights, and drivers of land cover change. 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.

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.

Prior to working at CSU I was a faculty member at the University of Idaho. I’ve also worked for Conservation International and Research Triangle Institute. I have a PhD and MA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a MS from North Carolina State University, and a BS from Meredith College. I served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Togo from 2002 to 2004.