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Dr. Alice Louise Jones

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Dr. Alice Jones, Professor of Geography & Geology, is the director of the Eastern Kentucky Environmental Research Institute (, where she coordinates the Institute's interdisciplinary and multi-institutional research and outreach approach to understanding eastern Kentucky's ecosystems.

Her 17 years of teaching, research, and applied community service has centered on the relationship between land use and water quality, and particularly the relationship of water quality and community health. Her most recent work has focused on both large- and small-scale watershed studies of water quality in the coal country of Appalachian Kentucky.

In 2010, she was recognized with Bill Barfield Award for Outstanding Contributions to Water Resources Research from the Kentucky Water Resources Research Institute at the University of Kentucky.

Dr. Jones serves as a science advisor for several watershed and environmental organizations, including including the Head of Three Rivers (Letcher County), Kentucky River Watershed Watch, Kentucky Resource Council, Friends of Muddy Creek (Madison County) and the seven-state Eastern Coal Regional Roundtable.

She holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Texas at Austin, a master's degree in environmental geography from Texas State University (formerly Southwest Texas State), and a doctoral degree in City and Regional Planning from The Ohio State University. Jones joined the EKU faculty in 1997.

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