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Name: Jones, James W. (Jim)
Title: Emeritus Professor
Organization: Agricultural and Biological Engineering
Education: PhD, Agricultural and Biological Engineering, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina, 1975
Office Address: 289 Frazier Rogers Hall PO Box 110570 Gainesville, FL 32611-0570
Email: jimj@ufl.edu
Telephone: +1 (352) 392-1864 ext: 289

Dr. Jones is an internationally recognized expert in agricultural and biological systems analysis. His research is specifically related to developing and applying models of cropping systems aimed at understanding interactions that occur between climate, crops, soil, and management. His research has also focused on application of this knowledge for improving management of cropping systems, on use of climate forecasts to understand and manage crop production risks, on assessing impacts of climate change on agricultural production, on analyzing spatial variability of yield in precision farming efforts, and on optimizing control of greenhouse environments. Models that he and his colleagues have developed are widely used by many researchers worldwide. Dr. Jones led an interdisciplinary, multi institutional team in the development of a crop-soil-weather-management decision support system, referred to as DSSAT, now used by researchers in over 50 countries. Dr. Jones also teaches a graduate course on techniques for developing and applying biological and agricultural models.Current research efforts include climate variability and application of climate forecast information for reducing risks associated with agricultural and water management decisions. This includes research on linking agricultural models with climate models for application in the SE USA and on implications of climate forecast use on water resources and development of web-based decision support systems for extension. Another research project aims to integrate crop and water quality models for determining best management practices considering both water quality and production goals of users. Research is also being conducted to characterize soil carbon dynamics under different climate, soil, and management conditions. Finally, research is underway on data assimilation for improving in-season predictions of crop yield and water use and for quantifying changes in soil carbon in porjects aimed at soil carbon sequestgration. Dr. Jones is currently Chair of the Board of Trustees of CIAT, one of the prestigious international agricultural research centers of the CGIAR. He also serves on the Science Advisory Committee of the International Research Institute for climate variability research (at Columbia University). He is a member of the Science Advisory Committee of the Global Environmental Change and Food Systems program, guiding efforts for developing decision support systems, and serves on the Program Advisory Committee of the HarvestPlus International Challenge Program, which is conducting research aimed at increasing nutrioion in staple crops for reducing malnutrition and related health problems in developing countries. He has served on the Board of Trustees of ASAE, Editor of Agricultural Systems, and advisor for the Wageningen Agricultural University Graduate School on Production Ecology. He is a Fellow Member of the ASAE and Fellow of the American Society of Agronomy.