Jones Named Chair of Environmental Science and Policy

Posted: August 28, 2002 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Lynn Burke

This past spring, professor Chris Jones became chair of George Mason’s new Department of Environmental Science and Policy (ESP). The appointment will last two years. Jones had been ESP’s interim director, working to help the program become an independent department, which it did last November. In an e-mail to ESP faculty, College of Arts and Sciences Dean Daniele Struppa explained that Jones’s appointment was “a consequence of the excellent way in which Chris has served the department and the college in the last several months.”

Jones came to George Mason in 1980 from the Institute for Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Prior to that, he was a research scientist at Battelle Northwest Laboratories in Richland, Wash. Since 1984, Jones has directed the Gunston Cover Study, a long-term analysis of water quality and biological communities in the tidal freshwater Potomac River downstream of Fairfax County’s largest sewage treatment plant. He recently completed a series of biological assessment studies of Northern Virginia watersheds in Prince William, Fairfax, Loudoun, and Clarke counties. Currently, he is heading a multiyear project to inventory and characterize natural ecosystems on NASA properties in the Chesapeake Bay watershed.

Jones led the startup of a new general education science course in Environmental Science last year, and he teaches courses in freshwater ecology and environmental analysis and modeling.

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