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Jill S. Baron, PhD.


Senior Research Ecologist, GDPE Advising Faculty, Faculty Affiliate Natural Resource Ecology Lab
GDPE Advising Faculty, Faculty Affiliate Ecosystem Science and Sustainability

Contact Info

Phone: (970) 491-1968   Office: B225 NESB

Email:   Lab:


Fields of Expertise

1.) Ecosystem Dynamics
2.) Limnology

Areas of Interest

 Biogeochemical cycling/ecosystem ecologyFostering sustainable human societal/environmental interactionsIncreasing opportunities for women and minorities in science


Dr. Jill S. Baron is a Senior Scientist with the U.S. Geological Survey, and a Senior Research Ecologist with the Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory at Colorado State University. Her interests include applying ecosystem concepts to management of human-dominated regions, and understanding the biogeochemical and ecological effects of climate change and atmospheric nitrogen deposition to mountain ecosystems. She is founder and Co-Director of the John Wesley Powell Center for Earth System Science Analysis and Synthesis. Baron was President of the Ecological Society of America in 2014. She was Lead Author of the US Climate Change Science Program report on Climate Change Adaptation Options for National Parks, has given testimony to Congress on western acid rain and climate change issues, and was Editor-in-Chief of Issues in Ecology, an Ecological Society of America publication for non-scientists from 2009-2012. She is founder and Principal Investigator of the Loch Vale Watershed long-term monitoring and research program in Rocky Mountain National Park, an instrumented catchment with 30 years of continuous records. Dr. Baron received her Ph.D. from Colorado State University in 1991, and has undergraduate and master's degrees from Cornell University and the University of Wisconsin. She is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the Ecological Society of America.