Jill S. Baron, PhD.

Senior Research Ecologist

Natural Resource Ecology Lab

GDPE Advising Faculty, Faculty Affiliate

Ecosystem Science and Sustainability

Fields of Expertise

Ecosystem Dynamics, Limnology

Areas of Interest

Biogeochemical cycling/ecosystem ecology, Fostering sustainable human societal/environmental interactions, Increasing opportunities for women and minorities in science


Dr. Jill S. Baron is a Senior Scientist with the U.S. Geological Survey, and a Senior Research Ecologist with the Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory at Colorado State University. Her interests include applying ecosystem concepts to management of human-dominated regions, and understanding the biogeochemical and ecological effects of climate change and atmospheric nitrogen deposition to mountain ecosystems. She is founder and Co-Director of the John Wesley Powell Center for Earth System Science Analysis and Synthesis. Baron was President of the Ecological Society of America in 2014 and is a Fellow of the ecological Society of America and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. She is founder and Principal Investigator of the Loch Vale Watershed long-term monitoring and research program in Rocky Mountain National Park, an instrumented catchment with nearly 40 years of measurements. She is a member of the project management board of the United Nations funded International Nitrogen Management System, and a co-Principal Investigator of the Coordinating Hub of the Critical Zone Collaborative Network. Dr. Baron received her Ph.D. from Colorado State University in 1991, and has undergraduate and master's degrees from Cornell University and the University of Wisconsin.