Ross Jones '00
Ross Jones is an adjunct professor at Vermont Law School, where he teaches Ecology and Environmental Law in the Distance Learning Program. He also is a research assistant professor in the Environmental Studies Program at Dartmouth College, where he teaches environmental law and conducts research on the integration of ecology and environmental law, particularly as it relates to biodiversity protection and natural resource management. In addition, he is a consultant on a range of environmental projects, from providing scientific and legal expertise for litigation to working with private and public groups on sustainability issues.
He received a BS degree in biology from the University of Chicago and a PhD degree in ecology and evolutionary biology from Northwestern University. His dissertation combined fieldwork (in the caves and springs of West Virginia) with laboratory and theoretical work to study the ecological causes of natural selection, along with the interaction of selection with genetic drift, gene flow, and development.
In Newfoundland, Canada, he spent six years doing work in marine ecology and learning about the ways that science, culture, law, and economics can interact to cause and cure real-world problems. This understanding was motivated by the collapse of the North Atlantic cod fishery, an environmental and economic disaster. This event motivated him to earn a JD/MELP degree from Vermont Law School with an emphasis on environmental law. Since then, his teaching, writing, research, and consulting work has focused on the interface between environmental policy and science, particularly ecology, evolutionary biology, and genetics.