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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)

Websites of Interest

Cold Regions Lake and Landscape Research Group


Total pubs: 62

Jones, B. M., C. D. Arp, M. S. Whitman, D. A. Nigro, I. Nitze, J. Beaver, A. Gädeke, C. Zuck, A. K. Liljedahl, R. P. Daanen, E. Torvinen, S. Fritz, and G. Grosse. 2017. A lake-centric geospatial database to guide research and inform management decisions in an Arctic watershed in northern Alaska experiencing climate and land-use changes. Ambrio In Press. doi:10.1007/s13280-017-0915-9 [Details] [Full Publication]

Lenz, J., G. Grosse, B. M. Jones, K. M. Walter Anthony, A. Bobrov, S. Wulf, and S. Wetterich. 2016. Mid-Wisconsin to Holocene permafrost and landscape dynamics based on a drained lake basin core from the Northern Seward Peninsula, Northwest Alaska. Permafrost and Periglacial Processes 27(1):56-75. doi:10.1002/ppp.1848 [Details] [Full Publication]

Edwards, M., G. Grosse, B. M. Jones, and P. McDowell. 2016. The evolution of a thermokarst-lake landscape: Late Quaternary permafrost degradation and stabilization in interior Alaska. Sedimentary Geology 340:3-14. doi:10.1016/j.sedgeo.2016.01.018 [Details] [Full Publication]

Gaglioti, B. V., D. H. Mann, B. M. Jones, M. J. Wooller, and B. P. Finney. 2016. High-resolution records detect human-caused changes to the boreal forest wildfire regime in interior Alaska. The Holocene. doi:10.1177/0959683616632893 [Details] [Full Publication]

Arp, C. D., B. M. Jones, G. Grosse, A. C. Bondurant, V. E. Romanovsky, K. M. Hinkel, and A. D. Parsekian. 2016. Threshold Sensitivity of Shallow Arctic Lakes and Sub-lake Permafrost to Changing Winter Climate. Geophysical Research Letters 43. doi:10.1002/2016GL068506 [Details] [Full Publication]

Jones, B. M., C. A. Baughman, V. E. Romanovsky, A. D. Parsekian, E. L. Babcock, E. Stephani, M. C. Jones, G. Grosse, and E. E. Berg. 2016. Presence of rapidly degrading permafrost plateaus in south-central Alaska. The Cryosphere 10(6):2673-2692. doi:10.5194/tc-10-2673-2016 [Details] [Full Publication]

Lenz, J., S. Wetterich, B. M. Jones, H. Meyer, A. Bobrov, and G. Grosse. 2016. Evidence of multiple thermokarst lake generations from an 11 800-year-old permafrost core on the northern Seward Peninsula, Alaska. Boreas 45(4):584-603. doi:10.1111/bor.12186 [Details] [Full Publication]

Alexeev, V. A., C. D. Arp, B. M. Jones, and L. Cai. 2016. Arctic sea ice decline contributes to thinning lake ice trend in northern Alaska. Environmental Research Letters 11(7). doi:10.1088/1748-9326/11/7/074022 [Details] [Full Publication]

Farquharson, L. M., D. H. Mann, G. Grosse, B. M. Jones, and V. E. Romanovsky. 2016. Spatial distribution of thermokarst terrain in Arctic Alaska. Geomorphology 275:116-133. doi:10.1016/j.geomorph.2016.08.007 [Details] [Full Publication]

Lenz, J., B. M. Jones, S. Wetterich, R. Tjallingii, M. Fritz, C. D. Arp, N. Rudaya, and G. Grosse. 2016. Impacts of shore expansion and catchment characteristics on lacustrine thermokarst records in permafrost lowlands, Alaska Arctic Coastal Plain. arktos 2(1):25. doi:10.1007/s41063-016-0025-0 [Details] [Full Publication]

Arp, C. D., M. S. Whitman, B. M. Jones, G. Grosse, B. V. Gaglioti, and K. C. Heim. 2015. Distribution and biophysical processes of beaded streams in Arctic permafrost landscapes. Biogeosciences 12:29-47. doi:10.5194/bg-12-29-2015 [Details] [Full Publication]

Sharma, S., D. K. Gray, J. S. Read, C. M. O'Reilly, P. Schneider, A. Qudrat, C. Gries, S. Stefanoff, S. E. Hampton, S. Hook, J. D. Lenters, D. M. Livingstone, P. B. McIntyre, R. Adrian, M. G. Allan, O. Anneville, L. Arvola, J. Austin, J. Bailey, J. S. Baron, J. Brookes, Y. Chen, R. Daly, M. Dokulil, B. Dong, K. Ewing, E. de Eyto, D. Hamilton, K. Havens, S. Haydon, H. Hetzenauer, J. Heneberry, A. L. Hetherington, S. N. Higgins, E. Hixson, L. R. Izmest'eva, B. M. Jones, K. Kangur, P. Kasprzak, O. Köster, B. M. Kraemer, M. Kumagai, E. Kuusisto, G. Leshkevich, L. May, S. MacIntyre, D. Müller-Navarra, M. Naumenko, P. Noges, T. Noges, P. Niederhauser, R. P. North, A. M. Paterson, P. Plisnier, A. Rigosi, A. Rimmer, M. Rogora, L. Rudstam, J. A. Rusak, N. Salmaso, N. R. Samal, D. E. Schindler, G. Schladow, S. R. Schmidt, T. Schultz, E. A. Silow, D. Straile, K. Teubner, P. Verburg, A. Voutilainen, A. Watkinson, G. A. Weyhenmeyer, C. E. Williamson, and K. H. Woo. 2015. A global database of lake surface temperatures collected by in situ and satellite methods from 1985-2009. Scientific Data 2:150008. doi:10.1038/sdata.2015.8 [Details] [Full Publication]

Jones, B. M. and C. D. Arp. 2015. Observing a catastrophic thermokarst lake drainage in northern Alaska. Permafrost and Periglacial Processes 26(2):119-128. doi:10.1002/ppp.1842 [Details] [Full Publication]

Baughman, C. A., B. M. Jones, K. K. Bartz, D. B. Young, and C. E. Zimmerman. 2015. Reconstructing Turbidity in a Glacially Influenced Lake Using the Landsat TM and ETM+ Surface Reflectance Climate Data Record Archive, Lake Clark, Alaska. Remote Sensing 7:13692-13710. doi:10.3390/rs71013692 [Details] [Full Publication]

Arp, C. D., B. M. Jones, A. K. Liljedahl, K. M. Hinkel, and J. A. Welker. 2015. Depth, ice thickness, and ice-out timing cause divergent hydrologic responses among Arctic lakes. Water Resources Research 51(12):9379-9401. doi:10.1002/2015WR017362 [Details] [Full Publication]

Jones, B. M., G. Grosse, C. D. Arp, E. Miller, L. Liu, D. J. Hayes, and C. F. Larsen. 2015. Recent Arctic tundra fire initiates widespread thermokarst development. Scientific Reports 5(15865). doi:10.1038/srep15865 [Details] [Full Publication]

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

Liu, L., E. Jafarov, K. Schaefer, B. M. Jones, H. A. Zebker, C. Williams, J. Rogan, and T. Zhang. 2014. InSAR detects increase in surface subsidence caused by an Arctic tundra fire. Geophysical Research Letters 41(11):3906-3913. doi:10.1002/2014GL060533 [Details] [Full Publication]

Gaglioti, B. V., D. H. Mann, B. M. Jones, J. W. Pohlman, M. L. Kunz, and M. J. Wooller. 2014. Radiocarbon age-offsets in an arctic lake describe responses of permafrost carbon to climate changes. Journal of Geophysical Research: Biogeosciences 119(8):1630-1651. doi:10.1002/2014JG002688 [Details] [Full Publication]

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 11:1-15. [Details]

Zhan, S., R. A. Beck, K. M. Hinkel, H. Liu, and B. M. Jones. 2014. Spatio-temporal analysis of gyres in oriented lakes on the Arctic Coastal Plain of northern Alaska based on remotely sensed images. Remote Sensing 6(10):9170-9193. doi:10.3390/rs6109170 [Details] [Full Publication]

McCloskey, S. E., E. Jones, S. Paskvan, C. Moncrieff, K. Bodony, R. C. Toohey, and B. M. Jones. 2014. Mapping traditional place names along the Koyukuk River - Koyukuk, Huslia, and Hughes, Western Interior Alaska. USGS Fact Sheet 2014-3105, 2 p. doi:10.3133/fs20143105 [Details] [Full Publication]

Grosse, G., B. M. Jones, and C. D. Arp. 2013. Thermokarst Lakes, Drainage, and Drained Basins. Pages 325-353 in J. F. Shroder, (ed.). Treatise on Geomorphology. Academic Press 8, San Diego, CA, USA. doi:10.1016/B978-0-12-374739-6.00216-5 [Details] [Full Publication]

Parsekian, A. D., G. Grosse, J. O. Walbrecker, M. Muller-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(3):535-540. doi:10.1002/grl.50137 [Details] [Full Publication]

Jones, B. M., C. L. Amundson, J. C. Koch, and G. Grosse. 2013. Thermokarst and thaw-related landscape dynamics - An annotated bibliography with an emphasis on potential effects on habitat and wildlife. USGS Open-File Report 2013-1161. [Details] [Full Publication]

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(23):8253-8265. doi:10.1080/2150704X.2013.834392 [Details] [Full Publication]

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. Journal of Geophysical Research: Biogeosciences 118(3):1334-1344. doi:10.1002/jgrg.20113 [Details] [Full Publication]

Arp, C. D., B. M. Jones, and G. Grosse. 2013. Recent lake ice-out phenology within and among lake districts of Alaska, U.S.A. Limnology and Oceanography 58(6):2013-2028. doi:10.4319/lo.2013.58.6.2013 [Details] [Full Publication]

Jones, B. M., J. M. Stoker, A. E. Gibbs, V. E. Romanovsky, T. A. Douglas, N. E. M. Kinsman, and B. M. Richmond. 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 [Details] [Full Publication]

Culp, J. M., W. Goedkoop, J. Lento, K. S. Christoffersen, S. A. Frenzel, G. Guðbergsson, P. Liljaniemi, S. Sandøy, M. Svoboda, J. Brittain, J. Hammar, D. Jacobsen, B. M. Jones, C. Juillet, M. Kahlert, K. Kidd, E. Luiker, J. Olafsson, M. Power, M. Rautio, A. Ritcey, R. Striegl, M. Svenning, J. Sweetman, and M. Whitman. 2012. The Arctic Freshwater Biodiversity Monitoring Plan. CAFF Monitoring Series Report 7. [Details] [Full Publication]

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(4):044039. doi:10.1088/1748-9326/7/4/044039 [Details] [Full Publication]

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 138(1):1-14. doi:10.1016/j.geomorph.2011.08.007 [Details] [Full Publication]

Ravens, T. M., B. M. Jones, J. Zhang, C. D. Arp, and J. A. Schmutz. 2012. Process-based coastal erosion modeling for Drew Point, North Slope, Alaska. Journal of Waterway, Port, Coastal, and Ocean Engineering 138:122-130. doi:10.1061/(ASCE)WW.1943-5460.0000106 [Details] [Full Publication]

Regmi, P., G. Grosse, M. C. Jones, B. M. Jones, and K. M. W. Anthong. 2012. Characterizing drained thermokarst lake basins on the Seward Peninsula, Alaska with TerraSAR-X backscatter and Landsat-based NDVI. Remote Sensing 4(12):3741-3765. doi:10.3390/rs4123741 [Details] [Full Publication]

Arp, C. D., M. Whitman, B. M. Jones, R. Kemnitz, G. Grosse, and F. E. Urban. 2012. Drainage network structure and hydrologic behavior of three lake-rich watersheds on the Arctic Coastal Plain, Alaska. Arctic, Antarctic, and Alpine Research 44(4):385-398. doi:10.1657/1938-4246-44.4.385 [Details] [Full Publication]

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 south-central Brooks Range, Alaska. Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences 12:1521-1537. doi:10.5194/nhess-12-1521-2012 [Details] [Full Publication]

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 117:G00M07. doi:10.1029/2011JG001766 [Details] [Full Publication]

Arp, C. D., B. M. Jones, F. E. Urban, and G. Grosse. 2012. 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 [Details] [Full Publication]

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. Geophysical Research Letters 39:L16503. doi:10.1029/2012GL052518 [Details] [Full Publication]

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. Journal of Geophysical Research: Biogeosciences 116:G00M03. doi:10.1029/2011JG001666 [Details] [Full Publication]

Grosse, G. and B. M. Jones. 2011. Spatial distribution of pingos in Northern Asia. The Cryosphere 5:13-33. doi:10.5194/tc-5-13-2011 [Details] [Full Publication]

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 36(14):1889-1897. doi:10.1002/esp.2210 [Details] [Full Publication]

Whitman, M. S., C. D. Arp, B. M. Jones, W. Morris, G. Grosse, F. E. Urban, and R. Kemnitz. 2011. Developing a long-term aquatic monitoring network in a complex watershed of the Alaskan Arctic Coastal Plain. Pages 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. USGS Scientific Investigations Report 2011-5169, 202 p. [Details] [Full Publication]

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. Polar Biology 33(12):1629-1640. doi:10.1007/s00300-010-0800-5 [Details] [Full Publication]

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(4):777-791. doi:10.1111/j.1752-1688.2010.00451.x [Details] [Full Publication]

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. doi:10.1080/1088937X.2010.545753 [Details] [Full Publication]

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

Jones, B. M., C. A. Kolden, R. Jandt, J. T. Abatzoglou, F. E. 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 [Details] [Full Publication]

Arp, C. D. and B. M. Jones. 2009. Geography of Alaska lake districts: identification, description, and analysis of lake-rich regions of a diverse and dynamic state. USGS Scientific Investigations Report 2008-5215, 40 p. [Details] [Full Publication]

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. Geophysical Research Letters 36:L02503. doi:10.1029/2008GL036205 [Details] [Full Publication]

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 with implications for winter water availability and management in the National Petroleum Reserve Alaska. Environmental Management 43(6):1071-1084. [Details] [Full Publication]

Jones, B. M., C. D. Arp, R. A. Beck, G. Grosse, J. M. 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. doi:10.1080/10889370903486449 [Details] [Full Publication]

Jones, B. M. 2008. Land-cover change on the southern Kenai Peninsula lowlands, Alaska using USGS land cover trends. Journal of Geography and Regional Planning 1(4):68-71. [Details] [Full Publication]

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 coastline, Alaska. Arctic 61(4):361-372. [Details] [Full Publication]

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. Proceedings: 9th International Conference on Permafrost. [Details]

Jorgenson, M. T., K. Yoshikawa, M. Z. Kanevskiy, Y. Shur, V. E. Romanovsky, S. Marchenko, G. Grosse, J. Brown, and B. M. Jones. 2008. Permafrost characteristics of Alaska. Proceedings: 9th International Conference on Permafrost. [Details]

Jones, B. M. 2008. The face of Alaska -- A look at land cover and the potential drivers of change. USGS Open-File Report 2008-1161. [Details] [Full Publication]

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):227-231. [Details] [Full Publication]

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. Journal of Geophysical Research: Earth Surface 112(F02S16). doi:10.1029/2006JF000584 [Details] [Full Publication]

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. [Details]

Jones, B. M. 2006. Spatiotemporal Analysis of Thaw Lakes and Basins, Barrow Peninsula, Arctic Coastal Plain of Northern Alaska. Thesis, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, USA, 105 p. [Details] [Full Publication]

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, and Palaeoecology 217(3-4):187-204. doi:10.1016/j.palaeo.2004.11.025 [Details] [Full Publication]

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