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Jennifer Jones, Ph.D. - Florida Gulf Coast University. Fort Myers, FL, US

Jennifer Jones, Ph.D. Jennifer Jones, Ph.D.

Expert in environmental justice and education | Florida Gulf Coast University


Jennifer Jones studies the relationships between people and nature, including political ecology and biodiversity.





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Jennifer Jones is an associate professor and director of the Center for Environment & Society in The Water School at Florida Gulf Coast University. Jones is also on the faculty at Virginia Tech in the Center for Leadership Global Sustainability. She previously served on the faculty of Williams College and the University of Tennessee. Additional experiences include appointments as president & CEO of Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont and as a program director for the International Honors Program, part of World Learning, where she managed study abroad programs on five continents. She currently serves on several commissions for the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

Jones served in the U.S. Army Military Police Corps for five years and has lived, traveled and worked in more than 30 countries.

Areas of Expertise (8)


Citizen Science

Environmental Education

Global Food Policy

Environmental Justice

Political Ecology

U.S. National Park System

Sustainability & Education

Education (3)

University of Pretoria: M.Sc., Environment and Society 2001

University of Florida: B.S., Recreation 1999

University of Pretoria: Ph.D., Environment and Society 2006

Affiliations (5)

  • IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas : Member
  • IUCN Commission on Environmental, Economic & Social Policy : Member
  • Society for Conservation Biology : Member
  • North American Association for Environmental Education : Member
  • League of Environmental Educators in Florida : Member

Selected Media Appearances (9)

Why some Florida cities are scrapping recycling

CBS12 West Palm Beach  tv


Jennifer Jones discusses the challenges cities face when it comes to recycling.

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Caring about people means caring about climate change

The News-Press  print


Jennifer Jones writes: "If you care about people, then you care about climate change. Stop pretending otherwise."

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Microorganism’s Macro Impact

Architectural Digest  online


Jennifer Jones discusses blue-green algae's impact on society.

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No going back: Resilience for climate change is about looking forward

The News-Press  print


Jennifer Jones writes: "Climate-induced environmental change and uncertainty is the new normal in Florida. Get used to it."

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Is recycling in Florida a waste?

Florida Trend  online


Jennifer Jones discusses the future of recycling.

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Defenders of the Gulf

Gulfshore Life magazine  print


Jennifer Jones is featured in this article as one of "six heroes [who] do more than their fair share to conserve the natural and cultural assets that make this region paradise."

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FGCU named among ‘Top 50 Green Colleges’ by Princeton Review

Florida Weekly  online


Jennifer Jones discusses the "green" academic offerings at FGCU.

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Senate passes Great American Outdoors Act in order to help preserve public lands across the country

Fox 4  tv


Jennifer Jones talks about the U.S. National Park System.

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Virtual homeschooling gets the best The Nest has to offer

FGCU360.com  online


Jennifer Jones discusses the virtual options for students.

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Selected Event Appearances (3)

Want Happier People and a Healthier Planet-Go Outside

University of Tennessee, Knoxville  Science Forum


Global Food Politics: Food Sovereignty from Farm to Fork

Pellissippi State and Technical Community College  Oak Ridge, Tennessee


Invasion of the NGOs: Nature, Territory, and Identity in Tanzania

Stanford University  Stanford, California


Selected Articles (2)

Rocking out science!: Using music videos to engage students and assess science learning

Science Scope

Walker, R.; Clary, R.; Jones, J.; & Carlton, C.

2016 Have you lamented those moments when your students can’t seem to remember basic science terminology and the unit’s vocabulary? If so, consider tapping into the power of music to make important science terms more memorable. In this article, we describe how student groups research ecological concepts, creatively compose science lyrics to a popular song, and produce “science” music videos—either as part of the current unit, or in advance of a science topic to be covered in the classroom.

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Transboundary conservation: development implications for communities in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

The International Journal of Sustainable Development & World Ecology

Jones, J.L.

2005 onservation is increasingly promoted as a sustainable development instrument in Southern Africa, particularly for remote rural communities. Conservation and development schemes are marketed as community-based projects providing local empowerment through the creation of jobs and cash stemming from protected areas, as well as increased biodiversity protection by local communities whose jobs are dependent on the resource. Transfrontier Conservation Areas (TFCAs), mega Peace Parks that cross international borders, are one of the latest conservation and development paradigms in Southern Africa. TFCAs have gained broad support, including government recognition as a development tool. However, there has been minimal research on the impact of TFCAs on local communities. This paper seeks to provide an empirical case study of a South African community bordering the Lubombo TFCA (South Africa, Swaziland, Mozambique). Results are presented that indicate the Mbangweni community in KwaZulu-Natal could experience decreased access to social, natural, and economic resources as a result of the Peace Park.

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