Earth Sciences Division (ESD) Department of Energy (DOE) Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL)

Earth Sciences Division Staff: Andrew Jones

Andrew Jones

Andrew Jones

Research Scientist

Climate Sciences Department



Phone: 510-486-5114

Fax: 510-486-7775


Biographical Summary

Human systems – such as agriculture, water, and energy infrastructure – can have profound influences on the earth’s climate.  Meanwhile, these systems are vulnerable to climate change and must adapt to changing climatic conditions.  My research seeks to understand these relationships in order to inform decision-making and support the development of policies aimed at reducing or adapting to climate change.

I do this primarily by improving the representation of human systems in physical climate models.  I also do the opposite - improve the representation of physical and ecological processes in models of human decision-making.  I use data from diverse sources – satellites, flux observation networks, agricultural surveys etc. – to validate and test models.


  • Ph.D. Energy and Resources Group, UC Berkeley - May 2012
    • Thesis Committee– Margaret S. Torn, William D. Collins, Michael O’Hare 
    • Thesis– Land Use Change is a Critical Influence on the Climate Effects of Climate Policies
  • M.S. Energy and Resources Group, UC Berkeley - Dec 2007
    • Thesis– Biofuel Boundaries: Constraints on the Medium Term Supply Potential of Domestic Biofuels
  • B.A. Mathematics & Psychology, Washington University in St Louis - May 2001

Professional Experience

  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab - 2012 – present
    • Contributing to the development of a new Integrated Earth System Model that seeks toimprove human system representations within a global climate model. Applying this toolto understand land-use feedbacks from climate change and to improve the global changeassessment processes.
      Supervisor – William Collins, Climate Science Department
  • Grad Student Researcher, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab - 2009 - 2012
    • Conducted research on climate effects of land use change and biofuels using global climatemodels in collaboration with colleagues at several national laboratories.
      Advisors- Margaret Torn and William Collins, Climate Science Department
  • Grad Student Researcher, University of California, Berkeley - 2004 - 2009
    • Participated in related projects on life-cycle assessment of biofuels in support of the CALow-Carbon Fuel Standard for CA Air Resources Board. Combined economic modeloutput with biogeochemical data to assess indirect land use change effects of biofuels.
      Advisors – Alexander Farrell, Michael O’Hare, Daniel Kammen
  • Founder & Board Member, Community Arts and Movement Project - 2002 - 2004
    • Wrote grants, oversaw volunteers, managed finances, and acted as liaison with cityofficials for a neighborhood resource center in St Louis, MO.
  • Research Assistant, Washington University in St Louis - 2001 - 2002
    • Extended undergraduate thesis work on computational modeling of cognitive processes
      Advisor - Todd Braver, Cognitive Control and Psychopathology Lab

Awards and Fellowships

  • Environmental Protection Agency STAR Graduate Research Fellowship, 2006
  • National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, 2001
  • Graduated Summa Cum Laude, 2001
  • Member Phi Beta Kappa honorary society, 2001

Academic Service

Reviewer for:

  • Journal of Climate
  • Geophysical Research Letters
  • Geoscientific Model Development
  • IPCC AR5 Working Group II Report

Teaching Experience

  • Instructor for day-long tutorial on operating the Integrated Earth System Model, Oct 2012, Joint Global Change Research Institute.
  • Graduate Student Instructor for ER102/202 “Quantitative Aspects of Global Environmental Problems”, Instructor: John Harte, Spring 2008, UC Berkeley
  • Graduate Student Instructor for GSPP 290 “Advanced Quantitative Methods”, Instructor: Michael O’Hare, Fall 2008, UC Berkeley
  • Guest lecture on linear algebra (ER98-Fall 2011) 
  • Guest lectures on environmental aspects of biofuels (ER101 – Fall 2010, and ESPM10 - Spring 2008), UC Berkeley
  • Math Tutor: college-level calculus, statistics, and linear algebra, 1998-2004, Washington University in St. Louis

Professional Affilitations

  • American Geophysical Union
  • American Physical Society
  • Community Earth System Model – Land Model Working Group
  • Community Earth System Model – Societal Dimensions Working Group