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Ross Jones
Adjunct Faculty
Online Faculty

Ross Jones '00

Adjunct Faculty
Environmental Law Center
New Economy Law Center

JD/MELP, Vermont Law School, 2000

PhD, Northwestern University

BS, University of Chicago

Curriculum Vitae

Ross Jones '00


I am an Adjunct Professor at Vermont Law School where I teach Science for Environmental Law, Natural Resources Law and, in the past, Environmental Law and Climate Change and the Law. In addition, I am a Senior Lecturer in the Environmental Studies Program at Dartmouth College where I teach Environmental Law and, occasionally, Environmental Science. I also conduct research on the integration of ecology and environmental law, particularly as it relates to biodiversity protection and natural resource management. Finally, I am a consultant on a range of environmental projects—ranging from providing scientific and legal expertise for litigation to working with private and public groups on sustainability issues. 

I grew up in the mountains and deserts of the western United States, where I developed my ties with nature. I moved to Chicago for college (where I majored in biology at the University of Chicago) and graduate school (where I received a Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from Northwestern University). My 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.  

From Chicago, my wife and I moved to Washington, D.C., for two years and then to Newfoundland, Canada, where I 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 realworld problems. This understanding was motivated by the collapse of the North Atlantic cod fishery: an environmental and economic disaster. It was this event that motivated me to move back to the U.S. and attend law school—where I received a joint JD/Master's from Vermont Law School—with the hope of combining my knowledge of science with my new interest in environmental policy and law.