Kelly Jones is an Associate Professor in the Department of Human Dimensions of Natural Resources at Colorado State University (CSU). She applies 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 her scholarship has been devoted to interdisciplinary collaborations that combine physical, ecological, and social science theory and methods to advance knowledge. Her work contributes broadly to the fields of land use science, evidence-based conservation, and ecosystem services science.
At CSU, she teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on ecosystem services and human well-being. She has also offered courses on evidence-based conservation and payments for ecosystem services.
Prior to working at CSU, she was a faculty member at the University of Idaho. She has also worked for Conservation International and Research Triangle Institute. She has a PhD and MA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a MS from North Carolina State University, and a BS from Meredith College. Kelly served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Togo from 2002 to 2004.