Alan Jones


  • Phone: +64 7 343 5661
  • Mobile: +64 7 295 9072
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  • ORCID: 0000-0003-3047-3338
  • Team: Forest Systems
  • Role: Research Leader, Enabling Environments


Dr Alan Jones works as Research Leader for Forest Systems at Scion, with responsibility for the Enabling Environments programme. His role is focussed on optimising the ecosystem service value of trees across all landscapes.


  • PhD (Ecology), Imperial College London, UK -2008
  • BSc (Hons) (Environmental Science), Kingston University, UK -2004

Research capabilities

  • Carbon budgeting
  • Climate change
  • Forest management and land-use change
  • Sustainability
  • Biogeochemical cycles
  • Ecosystem service assessment
  • Participatory engagement

Career highlights

  • Research Leader, Forest Systems, Scion 2019-present
  • British Ecological Society Forest Ecology Special Interest Group Chair, 2016- present
  • Research Manager, Climate Change in Temperate Forests, Earthwatch, UK, 2014-2019
  • Honorary Research Associate, University of Oxford, UK, 2014-2019
  • Research Associate, Aberystwyth University, UK 2011-2014
  • Research Fellow, University of Tasmania, Australia, 2008-2009

Selected papers

Jones AG (2017) Many hands make light work: citizens changing the face of modern science. BioScience 67: 1062-1063
Jones AG (2015) Citizen Science: a new tool for UV-B research? UV4Plants Bulletin 1
Jones AG, Gywnn-Jones D, et al. (2015) The functional quality of decomposing litter outputs from an Arctic plant community is affected by long-term exposure to enhanced UV-B. Ecological Indicators 60: 8-17
Jones AG, Gwynn-Jones D, et al. (2015) Plant community composition and an insect outbreak influences phenol oxidase activity and soil-litter biochemistry in a sub-Arctic birch heath. Polar Biology 1-12
Jones AG, Ostle, N, Gwynn-Jones D, et al. (2014) Completing the FACE of elevated CO2 research. Environment International 73: 252-258.
Jones AG, Davidson, N. (2014) Altered N, P and C dynamics with absence of fire in Eucalyptus forests affected by premature decline. Austral Ecology 39: 587-599
Jones AG, Power, S. (2012) Field-scale evaluation of effects of nitrogen deposition on the functioning of heathland ecosystems. Journal of Ecology 100: 331-342