Professor Holly P. Jones

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Assistant Professor

Educational Background

Ph.D., 2010, Yale University

M.Ph., 2007, Yale University

B.S. 2003 University of California, Santa Cruz

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


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

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Research Interest


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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Peer reviewed book chapters

Jones, H.P.  The impact of ecological restoration on ecosystem services. 2013.  In S. Levin, editor.  The Encyclopedia of Biodiversity, 2nd Edition.  In press.

Jones, H.P., D.R. Towns, T. Bodey, C.M. Miskelly, J. Ellis, M.J. Rauzon, S.W. Kress, and M. McKown. 2011. Chapter 11: Recovery and restoration on seabird islands in C.P.H. Mulder, D.R. Towns, W.B. Anderson, and P.J. Bellingham, editors. Seabird Islands: Ecology, Invasion, and Restoration. Oxford University Press, Oxford.

Towns, D.R., G.V. Byrd, H.P. Jones, M.J. Rauzon, J.C. Russell and C. Wilcox.  2011.  Chapter 3: Impacts of introduced predators on seabirds in C.P.H. Mulder, D.R. Towns, W.B. Anderson, and P.J. Bellingham, editors. Seabird Islands: Ecology, Invasion, and Restoration. Oxford University Press, Oxford.

Schmitz, O.J., H. P. Jones and B.T. Barton (2007).  Scavengers. Encyclopedia of Ecology.  Elsevier, UK.