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Colleen Jones

Colleen Jones

Ecology/Wildland Resources

Senior Researcher/Adjunct Faculty

Contact Information

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


Dr. Jones began her teaching career at Utah State University (USU) - Uintah Basin Campus in 2004 as an adjunct biology instructor. She continues to teach various science courses (Biology 1010, Chemistry 1010, USU 1360, AP Biology, Astronomy, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Marine Biology and Zoology) for USU and Terra Academy, a local charter school.  She has taught a variety of settings ranging from face-to-face, to using distance education technology broadcasted to as many as 20 remote sites throughout Utah and Idaho. She balances teaching with research responsibilities. She researches environmental issues of water, soil and air quality for the Bingham Research Center. She is interested in understanding biogeochemical cycles of environmental contaminants to give land managers a tool to find solutions and minimize the impact of contaminants. The majority of her research focuses on the broad impacts of environmental issues associated with the development of the oil and gas industry in her rural community of the Uinta Basin. The overall focus of her interdisciplinary research aims to enhance the responsible and equitable management of wetlands and arid lands.

Expertise/research focus:

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 Pariette Wetlands.
  • Test soil reclamation techniques and their impacts used on abandoned well pads that are unique to an arid landscape and to 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.
Curriculum Vitae

Justin Allred
Sandra Uddy
Lisa Boyd

Biology 1010
Chemistry 1010
USU 1360