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Colleen Jones

Colleen Jones

Senior Research Scientist

Contact Information

Office Location: Bingham Center 221S
IconPhone: (435) 722-1757


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.