Kristal Jones

Kristal Jones

Conservation Research Scientist

Kristal works with the Center’s programs and partners to bring a social science perspective to conservation planning and implementation. Her training as a rural sociologist, as well as more experience as a researcher at a data-driven synthesis center focused on socio-environmental systems, gives her an interdisciplinary perspective on conservation and environmental challenges.

Kristal has worked in the domestic U.S. and internationally with many different types of organizations, including the CGIAR Consortium, Oxfam America, and the National Center for Appropriate Technology. All of her work has focused on agricultural development, natural resource management and rural livelihood strategies in the context of environmental change.

In her free time, Kristal likes to cook, spend time outside, and explore new places with her family.


  • Ph.D. in Rural Sociology and International Agriculture and Development, The Pennsylvania State University
  • M.S. Rural Sociology, The Pennsylvania State University
  • B.A. International Studies, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill

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