Jill Baron

Ecosystem Ecology
Federal Liaison - Ex officio
US Geological Survey, Colorado State University

Jill Baron is an ecosystem ecologist with the U.S. Geological Survey, and a Senior Research Ecologist with the Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory at Colorado State University. 

She earned a Ph.D. from Colorado State University in Rangeland Ecosystem Ecology, a M.S. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Land Resources, and a B.S. from Cornell University in Plant Sciences with a Geology Miner.

Dr. Baron’s interests include applying ecosystem concepts to management of human-dominated regions, and understanding the biogeochemical and ecological effects of climate change and atmospheric nitrogen deposition to mountain ecosystems.

She is founder and Co-Director of the John Wesley Powell Center for Earth System Science Analysis and Synthesis, a synthesis center supported by USGS and NSF.  Baron was Lead Author of the US Climate Change Science Program report on Climate Change Adaptation Options for National Parks, has given testimony to Congress on western acid rain and climate change issues, was Editor-in-Chief of Issues in Ecology, an Ecological Society of America publication for non-scientists from 2009-2012, and was President of the Ecological Society of America from 2013-2014. She is founder and Principal Investigator of the Loch Vale Watershed long-term monitoring and research program in Rocky Mountain National Park, an instrumented catchment with 30 years of continuous records.