Dr. Melissa Ward Jones is a permafrost geomorphologist specializing in the degradation of ice-rich permafrost (i.e. thermokarst) and the associated landscape change resulting from land surface subsidence. She is interested in landscape evolution and the complex responses of permafrost systems driven by climate change.
She is currently an organizer for the International Circumpolar Remote Sensing Symposium and also currently a committee member on the USPA-PYRN Educational Fund (UPEF) Committee.
Dr. Jones received her B.Sc., M.Sc., and Ph.D. in physical geography from McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, where she taught as a course instructor of geomorphology. She lives in Fairbanks, Alaska.