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Benjamin Jones

Title: Research Geographer
Address: 4210 University Dr., Anchorage, AK 99508-4626
Phone: (907) 786-7033
Fax: (907) 786-7150

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Education and/or Training

PhD2013University of Alaska FairbanksInterdisciplinary Studies
M.A.2006University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OHGeography
B.S.2003University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OHEnvironmental Studies

Areas of Specialization and/or Research Interests

Remote sensing and GIS techniques to assess landscape change, Arctic and Boreal landscape dynamics, and permafrost environments

Professional Experience

2013 - PresentResearch Geographer, USGS, Alaska Science Center, Anchorage, Alaska
2009 - 2013SCEP Research Geographer, USGS, Alaska Science Center, Anchorage, Alaska
2007 - 2009Research Geographer, USGS, Alaska Science Center, Anchorage, Alaska
2005 - 2007SAIC contractor for the U.S. Geological Survey at the Alaska Science Center, Anchorage, Alaska
2003 - 2005Research Assistant, Department of Geography, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH
2001 - 2003Undergraduate Research Assistant, Environmental Studies Department and Department of Geography, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH

Professional Activities and/or Memberships

American Geophysical Union (AGU)
Association of American Geographers (AAG)
U.S. Permafrost Association (USPA)

Significant Recent Publications

Zhan, S. R.A. Beck, K.M. Hinkel, H. Liu, B.M. Jones. (In Review). Spatio-temporal Analysis of Gyres in Oriented Lakes on the Arctic Coastal Plain of northern Alaska. Remote Sensing. 14 July 2014.

Arp, C.D., M.S. Whitman, B.M. Jones, G. Grosse, B.V. Gaglioti, and K.C. Heim. (2014). Beaded streams of Arctic permafrost landscapes. Biogeosciences Discussions, 11, 1-51.

Liu, L., E. Jafarov, K. Schaefer, B.M. Jones, H. Zebker, C. Williams, J. Rogan, T. Zhang. (2014). InSAR detects increase in surface subsidence caused by an Arctic tundra fire. Geophysical Research Letters. Geophysical Research Letters, accepted article, early view, online at

Gaglioti, B., D. Mann, B.M. Jones, J. Pohlman, M. Kunz, M. Wooller. (In Review). Radiocarbon age-offsets in an arctic lake describe responses of permafrost carbon to climate changes. Journal of Geophysical Biogeosciences. 08 April 2014

Liu, L., Schaefer, K., Gusmeroli, A., Grosse, G., Jones, B. M., Zhang, T., Parsekian, A. D., and Zebker, H. A. (2014) Seasonal thaw settlement at drained thermokarst lake basins, Arctic Alaska, The Cryosphere, 8, 815-826, doi:10.5194/tc-8-815-2014

Liu, L., Schaefer, K., Gusmeroli, A., Grosse, G., Jones, B. M., Zhang, T., Parsekian, A. D., and Zebker, H. A. (2013). Seasonal thaw settlement at drained thermokarst lake basins, Arctic Alaska, The Cryosphere Discuss., 7, 5793-5822, doi:10.5194/tcd-7-5793-2013

Jones, B.M., Stoker, J.M. Gibbs, A.E., Grosse, G., Romanovsky, V.E., Douglas, T.A., Kinsman, N.E.M., and Richmond, B.M. (2013). Quantifying landscape change in an arctic coastal lowland using repeat airborne LiDAR. Environmental Research Letters, 8 045025 doi: 10.1088/1748-9326/8/4/045025.

Arp, C. D., Jones, B. M., & Grosse, G. (2013). Recent lake ice-out phenology within and among lake districts of Alaska, USA. Limnol. Oceanogr, 58(6), 2013-2028.

Jones, B. M., A. L. Breen, B. V. Gaglioti, D. H. Mann, A. V. Rocha, G. Grosse, C. D. Arp, M. L. Kunz, and D. A. Walker (2013), Identification of unrecognized tundra fire events on the north slope of Alaska, J. Geophys. Res. Biogeosci., 118, doi: 10.1002/jgrg.20113.

Jones, B. M., Amundson, C. L., Koch, J. C., and Grosse, G., 2013, Thermokarst and thaw-related landscape dynamics—An annotated bibliography with an emphasis on potential effects on habitat and wildlife: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2013-1161, 60p.,

Jones, B. M., A. Gusmeroli, C. D. Arp, T. Strozzi, G. Grosse, B. V. Gaglioti, and M. S. Whitman. (2013), Classification of freshwater ice conditions on the Alaskan Arctic Coastal Plain using ground penetrating radar and TSX satellite data. International Journal of Remote Sensing, 34, 8253-8265.

Grosse, G., B. Jones, and C. Arp, (2013). 8.21 Thermokarst Lakes, Drainage, and Drained Basins, In: Editor-in-Chief: John F. Shroder, Editor(s)-in-Chief, Treatise on Geomorphology, Academic Press, San Diego, Pages 325-353, ISBN 9780080885223, doi: 10.1016/B978-0-12-374739-6.00216-5.

Parsekian, A. D., G. Grosse, J. O. Walbrecker, M. Müler-Petke, K. Keating, L. Liu, B. M. Jones, and R. Knight (2013) Detecting unfrozen sediments below thermokarst lakes with Surface Nuclear Magnetic Resonance. Geophysical Research Letters, 40, p. 1-6. doi:10.1002/grl.50137

Culp, J. M., W. Goedkoop, J. Lento, K. S. Christoffersen, S. Frenzel, G. Guðbergsson, P. Liljaniemi, S. Sandøy, M. Svoboda, J. Brittain, J. Hammar, D. Jacobsen, B. Jones, C. Juillet, M. Kahlert, K. Kidd, E. Luiker, J. Olafsson, M. Power, M. Rautio, A. Ritcey, R. Striegl, M. Svenning, J. Sweetman, M. Whitman. 2012. The Arctic Freshwater Biodiversity Monitoring Plan. CAFF International Secretariat, CAFF Monitoring Series Report Nr. 7. CAFF International Secretariat. Akureyri, Iceland. ISBN 978-9935-431-19-6

Regmi, P., G. Grosse, M. C. Jones, B. M. Jones, and K. M. W. Anthony. 2012. Characterizing drained thermokarst lake basins on the Seward Peninsula, Alaska with TerraSAR-X backscatter and Landsat-based NDVI. Remote Sensing, 4, 3741-3765; doi:10.3390/rs4123741

Rocha, A. V., M. M. Loranty, P. E. Higuera, M. C. Mack, F. S. Hu, B. M. Jones, A. L. Breen, E. B. Bastetter, S. J. Goetz, and G. R. Shaver. 2012. The footprint of Alaskan tundra fires during the past half-century: implications for surface properties and radiative forcing. Environmental Research Letters, 7, 044039, doi:10.1088/1748-9326/7/4/044039

Arp, C. D., Whitman, M., Jones, B. M., Kemnitz, R., Urban, F., Grosse, G. 2012. Drainage network structure and hydrologic behavior of three lake-rich watersheds on the Arctic Coastal Plain, Alaska. Arctic, Antarctic, and Alpine Research, 44, 385-398, doi:10.1657/1938-4246-44.4.385.

Arp, C. D., B. M. Jones, Z. Lu, and M. S. Whitman (2012), Shifting balance of thermokarst lake ice regimes across the Arctic Coastal Plain of northern Alaska, Geophys. Res. Lett., 39, L16503, doi:10.1029/2012GL052518.

Daanen R. P., G. Grosse, M. M. Darrow, T. D. Hamilton, and B. M. Jones. 2012. Rapid movement of frozen debris lobes: implications for permafrost degradation and slope instability in the Brooks Range, Alaska. Natural Hazards and Earth System Science, 12, 1521-1537, 2012,doi:10.5194/nhess-12-1521-2012. (

Jones M. C., G. Grosse, B. M. Jones, and K. M. Walter Anthony. 2012. Peat accumulation in drained thermokarst lake basins in continuous, ice-rich permafrost, northern Seward Peninsula, Alaska. Journal of Geophysical Research—Biogeosciences, VOL. 117, G00M07, 16 PP., 2012 doi:10.1029/2011JG001766. (

Jones B. M., G. Grosse, K. M. Hinkel, C. D. Arp, S. Walker, R. A. Beck, and J. P. Galloway. 2012. Assessment of pingo distribution and morphometry using an IfSAR derived DSM, western Arctic Coastal Plain, northern Alaska. Geomorphology. doi:10.1016/j.geomorph.2011.08.007

Arp, C. D., B. M. Jones, F. E. Urban, and G. Grosse. 2011. Hydrogeomorphic processes of thermokarst lakes with grounded-ice and floating-ice regimes on the Arctic coastal plain, Alaska. Hydrological Processes. 25:2422-2438. DOI: 10.1002/hyp.8019.

Grosse, G. and B. M. Jones. 2011. Spatial distribution of pingos in Northern Asia. The Cryosphere 5:13-33

Jones, B. M., G. Grosse, C. D. Arp, M. C. Jones, K. M. Walter Anthony, and V. E. Romanovsky. 2011. Modern thermokarst lake dynamics in the continuous permafrost zone, northern Seward Peninsula, Alaska, J. Geophys. Res., 116:G00M03, DOI:10.1029/2011JG001666.

Parsekian, A. D., B. M. Jones, M. C. Jones, G. Grosse, K. M. Walter Anthony, and L. Slater. 2011. Geometry of floating vegetation mats on the expanding margins of thermokarst lakes, northern Seward Peninsula, Alaska, USA. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms. doi:10.1002/esp.2210

Whitman, M. S., C. D. Arp, B. M. Jones, W. Morris, G. Grosse, F. Uban, and R. Kemnitz. 2011. Developing a long-term aquatic monitoring network in a complex watershed of the Alaskan Arctic Coastal Plain, p. 15-20, in C. N. Medley, G. Patterson, and M.J. Parker, eds., Observing, studying, and managing for change - Proceedings of the Fourth Interagency Conference on Research in the Watersheds. U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2011-5169. 202 p.

Beck, R. A., A. J. Rettig, C. Ivenso, W. R. Eisner, K. M. Hinkel, B. M. Jones, C. D. Arp, G. Grosse, and D. Whiteman. 2010. Sikuliqiruq: Ice dynamics of the Meade River - Arctic Alaska, from Freezeup to Breakup from time-series ground imagery. Polar Geography 33:115-137.

Ravens, T. M., B. M. Jones, J. Zhang, C. D. Arp, and J. A. Schmutz. 2011. Process based coastal erosion modeling for Drew Point (North Slope, Alaska), Journal of Waterway, Port, Coastal, and Ocean Engineering, Online First, DOI:10.1061/(ASCE)WW.1943-5460.0000106.

Arp, C. D. B. M. Jones, J. A. Schmutz, F. E. Urban, and M. T. Jorgenson. 2010. Two mechanisms of aquatic and terrestrial habitat change along an Alaskan Arctic coastline. Springer Berlin / Heidelberg, Polar Biol. 0722-4060:12.

Arp, C. D., B. M. Jones, M. Whitman, A. Larsen, and F. E. Urban. 2010. Lake temperature and ice cover regimes in the Alaskan Subarctic and Arctic: Integrated monitoring, remote sensing, and modeling. Journal of the American Water Resources Association, 46:777-791.

Jones, B. M., C. D. Arp, R. A. Beck, G. Grosse, J., Webster, and F. E. Urban. 2009. Erosional history of Cape Halkett and contemporary monitoring of bluff retreat, Beaufort Sea coast, Alaska. Polar Geography 32:129-142.

Jones, B. M., C. A. Kolden, R. Jandt, J. Abatzoglou, F. Urban, and C. D. Arp. 2009. Fire behavior, weather, and burn severity of the 2007 Anaktuvuk River tundra fire, North Slope, Alaska. Arctic, Antarctic, and Alpine Research 41 (3):309-316, doi: 10.1657/1938-4246-41.3.309.

Eisner, W. R., C. J. Cuomo, K. M. Hinkel, B. M. Jones, and R.H. Brower. 2009. Advancing landscape change research through the incorporation of Inupiaq Knowledge. Arctic 62(4):429-442.

Jones, B. M., C. D. Arp, M. T. Jorgenson, K. M. Hinkel, J. A. Schmutz, and P. L. Flint. 2009. Increase in the rate and uniformity of coastline erosion in Arctic Alaska, Geophys. Res. Lett., 36, L03503, DOI:10.1029/2008GL036205.

Jones, B. M., C. D. Arp, K. M. Hinkel, R. A. Beck, J. A. Schmutz, and B. Winston. 2009. Arctic lake physical processes and regimes and implications on winter water availability and management in the National Petroleum Reserve Alaska. Environmental Management 43(6):1071-1084, DOI 10.1007/s00267-008-92410-0.

Arp, C. D. and B. M. Jones. 2008. Geography of Alaska Lake Districts: Identification, description, and analysis of lake-rich regions of a diverse and dynamic state: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2008-5215.

Jones, B. M. 2008. Land-cover change on the southern Kenai Peninsula Lowlands, Alaska using USGS Land Cover Trends methodology. Journal of Geography and Regional Planning 1(4):68-71.

Jones, B. M., K .M. Hinkel, C. D. Arp, and W. R. Eisner. 2008. Modern erosion rates and loss of coastal features and sites, Beaufort Sea coast, Alaska. Arctic 61(4):361-372.

Jones, B. M., R. Rykhus, Z. Lu, C. D. Arp, and D. J. Selkowitz. 2008. Radar imaging of winter seismic survey activity in the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska. Polar Record 44(3).

Eisner, W. R., K. M. Hinkel, B. M. Jones, and C. J. Cuomo. 2008. Using Indigenous Knowledge to assess environmental impacts of overland travel routes, Arctic Coastal Plain of Alaska. Ninth International Conference on Permafrost Proceedings.

Jorgenson, M. T., K. Yoshikawa, M. Kanevskiy, Y. Shur, V. Romanovsky, S., Marchenko, G. Grosse, J. Brown, and B. M. Jones. 2008. Permafrost characteristics of Alaska. Ninth International Conference on Permafrost Proceedings.

Jones, B. M., 2008, The face of Alaska--A look at land cover and the potential drivers of change: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2008-1161, 39 p.

Hinkel, K. M., B. M. Jones, W. R. Eisner, C. J. Cuomo, R. A. Beck, and R. C. Frohn. 2007. Methods to assess natural and anthropogenic thaw lake drainage on the Western Arctic Coastal Plain of northern Alaska, J. Geophys. Res., 112, F02S16, DOI:10.1029/2006JF000584.

Munroe, J. S., J. A. Doolittle, M. Z. Kanevskiy, K. M. Hinkel, B. M. Jones, Y. Shur, F. E. Nelson, and J. M. Kimble. 2007. Application of Ground-Penetrating Radar Imagery for the Three-Dimensional Visualization of Near-Surface Structures in Ice-Rich Permafrost, Barrow, Alaska. Permafrost and Periglacial Processes 18(4):309-321.

Jones, B. M. 2006. Spatiotemporal Analysis of Thaw Lakes and Basins, Barrow Peninsula, Arctic Coastal Plain of Northern Alaska. M.A. Thesis, University of Cincinnati, Department of Geography. p. 105.

Eisner, W. R., J. G. Bockheim, K. M. Hinkel, T. A. Brown, F. E. Nelson, K. M. Peterson, and B. M. Jones. 2005. Paleoenvironmental analyses of an organic deposit from an erosional landscape remnant, Arctic Coastal Plain of Alaska. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 217:187-204.

Websites of Interest

Cold Regions Lake and Landscape Research Group

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