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Photo of Holly JonesHolly Jones

assistant professor

Field of Interest: Conservation biology; restoration ecology; island conservation; climate change adaptation; ecology; seabird restoration.

Research Interests

Photo of Holly Jones at research siteI am a restoration ecologist and work at the intersections of ecological theory, community ecology, invasive species biology, and ecosystem ecology. I have broad research interests that include using ecosystem resilience theory and ecosystem service theory to prioritize restoration, and using geospatial information to prioritize climate change adaptation strategies. My broad research questions are (1) How can current ecological resilience theory be used and built upon to guide ecosystem restoration efforts; (2) How can biodiversity contribute to ecosystem restoration and human well-being; and (3) How does global change affect coupled human and natural systems and what role can ecosystem restoration play in helping people adapt to climate change? I have used meta-analysis, small-scale field experiments, ecosystem-scale natural experiments, geospatial analysis, and modeling to address these questions. The unifying theme of my research is applying basic ecological theory to answer fundamental applied questions.

Representative Publications

Peer Reviewed Journal Articles

Moreno Mateos, D. E.B. Barbier, P.C. Jones, H.P. Jones, J. Aronson, M.L. McCrackin, P. Meli, D. Montoya, and J. M. Rey Benayas. Anthropogenic ecosystem disturbance and the recovery debt. In press at Nature Communications.

McCrackin, M. H.P. Jones, D. Moreno Mateos, and P.C. Jones. Incomplete recovery of lakes and coastal marine ecosystems from eutrophication: A global meta-analysis. In press at Limnology and Oceanography.

Jones, H.P., N.D. Holmes, S.H.M. Butchart, B.R. Tershy, P.J. Kappes, I. Corkery, A. Aguirre-Muñoz, D.P. Armstrong, E. Bonnaud, A.A. Burbidge, K. Campbell, F. Courchamp, P. Cowan, R.J. Cuthbert, S. Ebbert, P. Genovesi, G.R. Howald, B.S. Keitt, S.W. Kress, C.M. Miskelly, S. Oppel, S. Poncet, M.J. Rauzon, G. Rocamora, J.C. Russell, A. Samaniego-Herrera, P.J. Seddon, D.R. Spatz, D.R. Towns, and D.A. Croll. 2016. Invasive mammal eradication on islands results in substantial conservation gains. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 113(15), 4033-4038.

Barber, N. A., H. P. Jones, M. R. Duvall, W. P Wysocki, M. J.Hansen, and D. J. Gibson (2016). Phylogenetic diversity is maintained despite richness losses over time in restored tallgrass prairie plant communities. Journal of Applied Ecology, 54(1), 137-144.

Madura, P. T., and Jones, H. P. 2016. Invasive species sustain double-crested cormorants in southern Lake Michigan. Journal of Great Lakes Research, 42(2), 413-420.

Russell, J. C., H. P. Jones, D. P. Armstrong, F. Courchamp, P. J. Kappes, P. J. Seddon, S. Oppel, M. J. Rauzon, P. E. Cowan, G. Rocamora, P. Genovesi, E. Bonnaud, B. S. Keitt, N. D. Holmes, and B. R. Tershy. Importance of lethal control of invasive predators for island conservation. 2016. Conservation Biology, 30(3), 670-672.

Schweizer, D., Jones, H. P., & Holmes, N. D. 2016. Literature Review and Meta-Analysis of Vegetation Responses to Goat and European Rabbit Eradications on Islands. Pacific Science, 70(1), 55-71.

Milman, A, J.M. Marston, S.E. Godsey, J. Bolson, H.P. Jones, and C.S. Weiler. In press. Scholarly Motivations to Conduct Interdisciplinary Climate Change Research. In press at Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences.

Borrelle, S.B., Buxton, R.T., Jones, H.P. and Towns, D.R. 2015. A GIS-based decision making approach for prioritizing seabird management following predator eradication. Restoration Ecology, 23(5):580-587. pdf

Kappes, P. and H.P. Jones. 2014. Integrating seabird restoration and mammal eradication programs on islands to maximize conservation gains. Biodiversity Conservation, 23(2):503-509. pdf

Phelan, L., Jones, H.P., and J. Marlon. 2013. Bringing new PhDs together for interdisciplinary climate change research. Eos 94(5):57.

Jones, H.P., D. Hole, and E.S. Zavaleta. 2012. Harnessing nature to help people adapt to climate change. Nature Climate Change 2(7):504-509.pdf

Jones, H.P. and Kress, S.W. 2012. Global review of active seabird restoration projects. Journal of Wildlife Management,76(1):2-9. Featured on the journal cover. .pdf

Jones, H.P.  2010.  Seabird islands take mere decades to recover following rat eradication. Ecological Applications 20(8):2075-2080.  Featured on the journal cover. .pdf

Jones, H.P. 2010.  Prognosis for ecosystem recovery following rodent eradication and seabird restoration in an island archipelago.  Ecological Applications 20(5):1204-1216.  Reviewed on Faculty 1000. .pdf

Jones, H.P. and O.J. Schmitz.  2009. Rapid recovery of damaged ecosystems. PLoS ONE 4(5): e5653. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0005653.  Featured on NPR, in The Economist Magazine, Faculty 1000 and Nature Research Highlights. .pdf

Jones, H.P., B.R. Tershy, E.S. Zavaleta, D.A. Croll, B.S. Keitt, and M.E. Finkelstein.  2008.  Severity of the effects of invasive rats on seabirds: A global review. Conservation Biology 22(1): 16-26.  Featured on the journal cover. .pdf

Jones, H.P., R.W. Henry III, G.R. Howald, B.R. Tershy, and D.A. Croll (2005).  Predation of artificial Xantus's Murrelet nests before and after black rat eradication.  Environmental Conservation 32(4): 320-325. .pdf


Curriculm Vitae

Jones Lab Website


Ph.D., 2010, Yale University

M.Ph., 2007, Yale University

B.S. 2003 University of California, Santa Cruz


Professor Holly Jones
MO 448
Phone: (815) 753-7527
Lab: MO 424
Phone: (815) 753-7809