Kelly Jones, PhD.

Associate Professor

Human Dimensions of Natural Resources

Fields of Expertise

Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics, Human Dimensions of Natural Resources, Payment for Ecosystem Services, Policy

Areas of Interest

Impact of conservation interventions on environmental and socioeconomic outcomes, Relationships between nature and people


Dr. Kelly Jones is an Associate Professor in the Department of Human Dimensions of Natural Resources at Colorado State University. 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.