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Burt Jones

Adjunct Professor of Biological Sciences

Contact Information
Phone: (213) 740-5765
Office: AHF B 30

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Biographical Sketch

Burton Jones is a Professor (Research) in the Marine Environmental Biology section of the Biology Department at the University of Southern California. His research interests include bio-optical oceanography, physical-biological interactions, coastal processes, and coastal ocean observing systems. He received his B.S. in biological engineering from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology and his Ph.D. in biological oceanography from Duke University. After a post-doctoral fellowship at Bigelow Laboratory he joined the research faculty at University of Southern California. He has been involved in studying the dynamics of physical/bio-optical interactions in a variety of environments that include coastal California, the Arabian Sea, Japan/East Sea, and the Adriatic Sea. Recently, as part of the Southern California Coastal Ocean Observing System (SCCOOS) and research in harmful algal bloom monitoring, Dr. Jones has been involved in implementing a coastal observing system that includes both fixed sites and autonomous vehicles. This includes participation in the development of an intelligent network of fixed and mobile nodes capable of adaptive mapping and sampling strategies. He is involved regionally in the development of collaborations between academic research and regional monitoring agencies, and is co-chair of the Executive Steering Committee of SCCOOS


Ph.D. Biological Oceanography, Duke University, 1977
B.S. Biological Engineering, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, 1971

Postdoctoral Training

Post-Doctoral Fellow, Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences, 09/1977-08/1980  

Academic Appointment, Affiliation, and Employment History

Post-Doctoral Fellow, Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences, 06/01/1977-08/30/1980  

Description of Research

Research Specialties

Biological oceanography, physical/biological interactions, ocean optics, ocean observing, coastal urban issues

Affiliations with Research Centers, Labs, and Other Institutions

Center for Integrated Networked Aquatic Platforms, Faculty / PI,
Southern California Coastal Ocean Observing System, Co-Chair - Executive Steering Committee,
Wrigley Institute of Enviornmental Studies, Research Professor,


Journal Article

Smith, R. N., Schwager, M., Smith, S. L., Jones, B. H., Rus, D., Sukhatme, G. (2011). Persistent Ocean Monitoring with Underwater Gliders: Adapting Sampling Resolution. Journal of Field Robotics / Wiley Periodicals, Inc.. Vol. 28 (5), pp. 714-741.
Kim, S. Y., Terrill, E. J., Cornuelle, B., Jones, B. H., Washburn, L., Moline, M., Paduan, J., Garfield, T., Largier, J., Crawford, G., Kosro, P. (2011). Observations of high-resolution coastal surface circulation on the U. S. West Coast. Journal of Geophysical Research-Oceans. Vol. 116, pp. C03011.
Jones, B. H., Lee, C. M., Toro-Farmer, G., Boss, E. S., Gregg, M. C., Villanoy, C. (2011). Tidally driven exchange in an archipelago strait: Biological and optical responses. Oceanography. Vol. 24 (1), pp. 142-155.
Reifel, K. M., Swan, B. K., Erhardt, C. J., Jones, B. H. (2010). Optical characterization of a precipitation event in a moderately hypersaline lake. Geophysical Research Letters / AGU. Vol. 37, pp. doi:10.1029/2010GL044949.
Caron, D. A., Garneau, M. E., Seubert, E., Howard, M. D., Darjany, L., Schnetzer, A., Cetinic, I., Filteau, G., Lauri, P., Jones, B. H., Trussell, S. (2010). Harmful algae and their potential impacts on desalination operations off southern California. Water Research. Vol. 44, pp. 385-416.
Marini, M., Grilli, F., Guarnieri, A., Jones, B. H., Klajic, Z., Pinardi, N., Sanxhaku, M. (2010). Is the southeastern Adriatic Sea coastal strip an eutrophic area?. Estuarine Coastal and Shelf Science. Vol. 88 (3), pp. 395-406.
Noble, M., Jones, B. H., Hamilton, P., Xu, J., Robertson, G., Rosenfeld, L., Largier, J. (2009). Cross-shelf transport into nearshore waters due to shoaling internal tides in San Pedro Bay, CA. Continental Shelf Research. Vol. 29 (5), pp. 1768-1785.
Reifel, K. M., Johnson, S. C., DiGiacomo, P. M., Mengel, M. J., Nezlin, N. P., Warrick, J. A., Jones, B. H. (2009). Impacts of Stormwater Runoff Contaminants in the Southern California Bight: Relationships among Plume Constituents. Continental Shelf Research. Vol. 29 (5), pp. 1821-1835.
Sekula-Wood, E., Schnetzer, A., Benitez-Nelson, C. R., Anderson, C., Berelson, W. M., Brzezinski, M. A., Burns, J. M., Caron, D. A., Cetinic, I., Ferry, J. L., Fitzpatrick, E., Jones, B. H., Miller, P. E., Morton, S. L., Schaffner, R. A., Siegel, D. A., Thunell, R. (2009). Rapid downward transport of the neurotoxin domoic acid in coastal waters. Nature Geoscience. Vol. 2 (4), pp. 272-275.
Smith, R. N., Das, J., Heidarsson, H., Pereira, A. M., Arrichiello, F., Cetinic, I., Darjany, L., Garneau, M. -., Howard, M. D., Oberg, C., Ragan, M., Seubert, E., Smith, E. C., Stauffer, B. A., Schnetzer, A., Toro-Farmer, G., Caron, D. A., Jones, B. H., Sukhatme, G. S. (2009). The USC Center for Integrated Networked Aquatic PlatformS (CINAPS): Observing and Monitoring the Southern California Bight. IEEE Robotics and Automation Magazine.
Nezlin, N. P., DiGiacomo, P. M., Diehl, D. W., Jones, B. H., Johnson, S. C., Mengel, M. M., Reifel, K. M., Warrick, J. A., Wang, M. (2008). Stormwater plume detection by MODIS imagery in the southern California coastal ocean. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science / Elsevier. Vol. 80 (1), pp. 141-152.
Marini, M., Jones, B., Campanelli, A., Grilli, F., Lee, C. M. (2008). SEASONAL VARIABILITY AND PO RIVER PLUME INFLUENCE ON BIOCHEMICAL PROPRIETIES ALONG WESTERN ADRIATIC COAST. Journal of Geophysical Research/American Geophysical Union. Vol. 113 (C5), pp. 18.
Warrick, J. A., DiGiacomo, P. D., Weisberg, S. B., Nezlin, N., Mengel, M., Jones, B. H., Ohlman, C., Washburn, L., Terrill, E. J., Farnsworth, K. L. (2007). River plume patterns and dynamics within the Southern California Bight. Continental Shelf Research. Vol. 27, pp. 2427-2448.
Schnetzer, A., Miller, P. E., Schaffner, R. A., Stauffer, B., Jones, B., Weisberg, S. B., DiGiacomo, P. M., Berelson, W. M., Caron, D. A. (2007). Blooms of Pseudo-nitzschia and Domoic Acid in the San Pedro Channela and Los Angeles harbor areas of the Southern California Bight, 2003-2004. Harmful Algae / Elsevier. Vol. 6 (3), pp. 372-387.
Ashjian, C., Arnone, R. A., Davis, C., Jones, B., Kahru, M., Lee, C. M., Mitchell, B. G. (2006). Biological Structure and Seasonality in the Japan/East Sea. Oceanography/The Oceanography Society. Vol. 19(3), pp. 122-133.

Service to the Profession

Professional Memberships

The Oceanography Society, 1987-  
American Geophysical Union, 1981-  
American Society of Limnology and Oceanography, 1972-  
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