George and Carol Milne Associate Professor of Life Sciences
Joined Connecticut College: 2007
B.S. Brigham Young University; Ph.D. University of Washington
GIS and ecological modeling
Chad Jones is interested in a wide range of topics in plant ecology. His research has involved two major themes: plant succession and invasive species.
Professor Jones has studied plant colonization following a broad array of disturbances ranging from volcanic eruptions and the retreat of glaciers to gopher mounds in mountain meadows. Among other topics, he has examined spatial patterns of dispersal, factors that limit plant colonization and effects of disturbances on plant diversity.
A second area of research involves investigating patterns of spread of invasive species. He uses statistical models and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to predict the potential distributions of invasive species at several scales.
Professor Jones teaches courses in ecology, ecological restoration, plant taxonomy, plant ecology and environmental studies.
He is a fellow with the College's Goodwin-Niering Center for the Environment.