I am a UKRI Future Leaders Fellow and PI of The Beacon Project (MR/T019018/1). I work across the environmental and social sciences to understand complex human-environment interactions in order to address global to local challenges.
Lecturer in Biodiversity & Conservation (2018-2020; University of Stirling)
Postdoc / Research Fellow in Tropical Ecology and Conservation Conflicts (2017-2020; University of Stirling and UN-AEWA)
PhD in Tropical Ecology and Conservation (2013-2017)
Policy intern and Contributing Author (2012-2013; Royal Botanic Gardens Kew & CABI, respectively)
MRes. Ecology, Evolution & Conservation (2011-2012; Imperial College London)
Research Assistant and Outdoors Instructor (2009-2011; various conservation and outdoors organisations)
BSc. (hons; 1st class) Environmental Biology (2005-2008; University of Plymouth)
My goal is to find new, positive ways to tackle global and local challenges involving people and biodiversity as we pursue sustainable development, biodiversity conservation and action on climate change.
In my UKRI Future Leaders Fellowship - The Beacon Project - I combine biodiversity and energy justice to identify and manage conflicts between Sustainable Development Goals, using hydropower as a model system (MR/T019018/1).
I am a community ecologist by training and now work across the environmental and social sciences to understand socio-environmental interactions in relation to natural resource use and decision-making. Boosting equity and justice in global-to-local decision-making is a core driver of my research.
My PhD focused on the biodiversity impacts of hydropower in Amazonia, and the carbon dynamics of regenerating secondary tropical forests in Panama. I continue to pursue research under the broad umbrella of biodiversity response to environmental change and anthropogenic disturbance, and collaborate with researchers in the UK, USA, Brazil, and Panama.
As a Postdoc I developed my interdisciplinary skills and interest in conservation conflicts. For example, I worked with project partners in Kazakhstan and the UN-AEWA to assess motivations for the illegal hunting of Lesser White-fronted geese. I also worked with Scottish farmers to understand their values and preferences in terms of managing the goose-agriculture conflict in Orkney. Alongside these projects, I also worked on projects relating to tropical forest regeneration and carbon storage.
Rakotonarivo SO, Bell AR, Abernethy K, Minderman J, Duthie AB, Redpath S, Keane A, Travers H, Bourgeois S, Moukagni L, Cusack JJ, Jones IL, Pozo RA & Bunnefeld N (2021) The role of incentive-based instruments and social equity in conservation conflict interventions. Ecology and Society, 26 (2), Art. No.: 8. https://doi.org/10.5751/ES-12306-260208
Jones IL, Saldanha Bueno A, Benchimol M, Palmeirim AF, Storck-Tonon D & Peres CA (2021) Using relict species-area relationships to estimate the conservation value of reservoir islands to improve environmental impact assessments of dams. In: Matthews TJ, Triantis KA & Whittaker RJ (eds.) The Species-Area Relationship: Theory and Application. Ecology, Biodiversity and Conservation. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp. 417-437. https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108569422.023
Hodgson ID, Cusack J, Jones I, Minderman J, Nilsson L, Pozo RA, Rakotonarivo OS & Bunnefeld N (2021) Building Peace to Save Nature: Multi-disciplinary Approaches to Managing Conflicts in Conservation. In: Underkoffler SC & Adams HR (eds.) Wildlife Biodiversity Conservation: Multidisciplinary and Forensic Approaches. Cham, Switzerland: Springer International Publishing, pp. 3-22. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-64682-0_1
Pozo RA, LeFlore EG, Duthie AB, Bunnefeld N, Jones IL, Minderman J, Rakotonarivo S & Cusack JJ (2021) A multispecies assessment of wildlife impacts on local community livelihoods. Conservation Biology, 35 (1), pp. 297-306. https://doi.org/10.1111/cobi.13565
Rakotonarivo OS, Jones II, Bell AR, Duthie AB, Cusack JJ, Minderman J, Hogan J, Hodgson I & Bunnefeld N (2021) Experimental evidence for conservation conflict interventions: the importance of financial payments, community trust and equity attitudes. People and Nature, 3 (1), pp. 162-175. https://doi.org/10.1002/pan3.10155
Cusack JJ, Duthie AB, Minderman J, Jones IL, Pozo RA, Rakotonarivo OS, Redpath S & Bunnefeld N (2020) Integrating conflict, lobbying, and compliance to predict the sustainability of natural resource use. Ecology and Society, 25 (2), Art. No.: 13. https://doi.org/10.5751/es-11552-250213
Jones IL, DeWalt SJ, Lopez OR, Bunnefeld L, Pattison Z & Dent DH (2019) Above- and belowground carbon stocks are decoupled in secondary tropical forests and are positively related to forest age and soil nutrients respectively. Science of The Total Environment, 697, Art. No.: 133987. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2019.133987
Jones I, Peres C, Benchimol M, Bunnefeld L & Dent D (2019) Instability of insular tree communities in an Amazonian mega-dam is driven by impaired recruitment and altered species composition. Journal of Applied Ecology, 56 (3), pp. 779-791. https://doi.org/10.1111/1365-2664.13313
Minderman J, Cusack JJ, Duthie AB, Jones IL, Pozo RA, Rakotonarivo OS & Bunnefeld N (2019) Decision Trees for Data Publishing May Exacerbate Conservation Conflict. Nature Ecology and Evolution, 3, p. 318. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41559-019-0804-7
Duthie AB, Cusack JJ, Jones IL, Minderman J, Nilsen EB, Pozo RA, Rakotonarivo OS, Van Moorter B & Bunnefeld N (2018) GMSE: an R package for generalised management strategy evaluation. Methods in Ecology and Evolution, 9 (12), pp. 2396-2401. https://doi.org/10.1111/2041-210x.13091
Jones I, Whytock R & Bunnefeld N (2017) Assessing Motivations for the Illegal Killing of Lesser White-fronted Geese at Key Sites in Kazakhstan (2017). UN-AEWA. AEWA Lesser White-fronted Goose International Working Group Report Series, 6. Bonn, Germany. https://www.unep-aewa.org/en/publication/assessing-motivations-illegal-killing-lesser-white-fronted-geese-key-sites-kazakhstan
Jones IL, Peres CA, Benchimol M, Bunnefeld L & Dent DH (2017) Woody lianas increase in dominance and maintain compositional integrity across an Amazonian dam-induced fragmented landscape. PLoS ONE, 12 (10), Art. No.: e0185527. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0185527
Jones IL, Bull JW, Milner-Gulland EJ, Esipov AV & Suttle KB (2014) Quantifying habitat impacts of natural gas infrastructure to facilitate biodiversity offsetting. Ecology and Evolution, 4 (1), pp. 79-90. https://doi.org/10.1002/ece3.884
Lecturer in Biodiversity and Conservation (2018-2020; fixed-term maternity cover position).
As a lecturer I coordinated three Undergraduate modules: Field Biology, Biogeography, Conservation Management. I contributed to additional modules in Statistics, Plant Ecology, and The Biosphere.
As a Research Fellow I now give guest lectures for various modules across Biological and Environmental Sciences. I also supervise three Undergraduate dissertation students who are focusing their research on biodiversity, carbon and sustainability. I co-supervise PhD students researching forest ecology and conservation.
I gained Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA) in 2020.