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Colleen Jones

Colleen Jones

Plants, Soils, and Climate

Adjunct Faculty, Senior Research Scientist

Contact Information

Office Location: 221S BEERC, Vernal
IconPhone: (435) 722-1757

Educational Background

PhD, Ecology, Utah State University, Logan, Utah 2014
BS, Secondary Education Science Composite, Utah State University, Logan, Utah, 2003
MS, Zoology, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah, 1999
BS, Zoology, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah 1987


Ecological risk assessment of heavy metals, soil reclamation in arid ecosystems, endemic and endangered plant monitoring, citizen science


Dr. Jones, a Senior Researcher in the Plants, Soils, and Climate department at Utah State University, has a Ph.D. in Ecology. She works closely with the Bingham Research Center’s team in Vernal, Utah on a wide array of environmental issues. Her work includes:
•Hazard assessment of heavy metals in a wetland system to quantify the potential risk and toxicological impact on aquatic birds and fish breeding in wetlands.
•Test soil reclamation techniques and their impacts used on abandoned well pads that are unique to an arid landscape that will help increase wildlife habitat and the overall soil health
•Measure and quantify hydrocarbon emissions using a flux chamber and GCXGC mass spectrometer to assist land managers in the oil and gas industry to make best management decisions to reduce ozone production in the Uintah Basin.
•Work hand-in-hand with the state, cities, counties, tribes, and military installations to develop computer tools and a knowledge base that will guide community and military planners, energy developers, and land stewards in the siting of energy projects that are compatible with the military operations in Utah.
•Monitor endangered endemic plant species of the Uinta Basin.
•Use of Citizen Science to give students an authentic research experience.