Jamey Jones


Jamey Jones is a Research Geologist with the USGS Alaska Science Center in Anchorage, Alaska. He joined the survey in 2011 following 6 years as a professor at the University of Minnesota Morris and University of Arkansas at Little Rock. His research involves field-based studies combining structural geology, hard-rock petrology, and geochronology, with a general emphasis on the tectonic evolution of mountain belts. Current projects focus on the framework geology, tectonic evolution, and mineral resources of Alaska and western North America. Recent and ongoing projects are also focused on the Precambrian tectonic evolution of the southwestern United States. Jones received his B.S. in Geology from the University of the South (1997), his M.S. in Geology from the University of Wyoming (1999), and his Ph.D. in Geology from The University of Texas at Austin (2005). 



James V Jones III

Research Geologist, U.S. Geological Survey Alaska Science Center

4210 University Drive, Anchorage, AK  99508

Phone (907) 786-7442; Fax (907) 786-7401; email: jvjones@usgs.gov


Research Interests    Field-based tectonic studies combining structural geology, hard-rock petrology, geochronology, thermochronlogy, and geochemistry; framework geology, tectonic evolution, and mineral resources of Alaska and western North America.; mid-crustal tectonic processes and the evolution and exhumation of mid- to high-grade metamorphic terranes; origin and emplacement of granitic rocks in convergent and collisional orogens; regional geology and tectonic evolution of convergent and collisional orogenic systems.



  • The University of Texas at Austin, PhD, Geology, 2005
  • University of Wyoming, MS, Geology, 1999
  • The University of the South, BS, Geology, 1997


Professional Appointments   

  • Research Geologist, U.S. Geological Survey Alaska Science Center (2011-present)
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Earth Sciences, University of Arkansas at Little Rock (2008-2011)
  • Assistant Professor, Geology Discipline, University of Minnesota Morris (2005-2008)
  • Part-time Faculty, Department of Geosciences, Trinity University (2005)
  • Associate Instructor, Geology Field Camp, Department of Geological Sciences,  The University of Texas at Austin (2004)
  • Summer Professional Geologist, ARCO Alaska, Inc., Anchorage, AK (2008)

Professional Memberships    Geological Society of America, American Geophysical Union, Mineralogical Society of America

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Jones, J.V. III, Piatak, N., and Bedinger, G., in press, Zirconium and Hafnium: Economic and environmental geology, and prospects for future study, in Schulz, K.J., Bradley, D.C., DeYoung, J.H. Jr., and Seal, R.R. II, eds., Critical Mineral Resources of the United States–––Economic and Environmental Geology and Prospects for Future Supply: U.S. Geological Survey Professional Paper 1802

Jones, J.V., III, Karl, S.M., Labay, K.A., Shew, N.B., Granitto, M., Hayes, T.S., Mauk, J.L., Schmidt, J.M., Todd, E., Wang, B., Werdon, M.B., and Yager, D.B., 2015, GIS-based identification of areas with mineral resource potential for six selected deposit groups, Bureau of Land Management Central Yukon Planning Area, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2015–1021, 78 p., 5 appendixes, 12 plates, doi:10.3133/ofr20151021 [Link]

Jones, J.V. III, Daniel, C.G., and Doe, M.F., 2015, Tectonic and sedimentary linkages between the Belt-Purcell basin and southwestern Laurentia during the Mesoproterozoic, ca. 1.60–1.40 Ga: Lithosphere, v. 7, p. 465-472. doi:10.1130/L438.1 [Link]

Jones, J.V. III, Shaw, C.A., Allen, J.L., and Housh, T., 2013, U-Pb zircon age constraints on two episodes of Paleoproterozoic magmatism and development of the Grizzly Creek shear zone, White River uplift, western Colorado, U.S.A.: Rocky Mountain Geology, v. 48, p. 15–39. [Link]

Daniel, C.G., Jones, J.V. III, Andronicos, C.L., and Gray, M.B.,2013, Making the case for the Picuris orogeny: Evidence for a 1500 to 1400 Ma orogenic event in the southwestern United States, in Abbott, L.D., and Hancock, G.S., eds., Classic Concepts and New Directions: Exploring 125 Years of GSA Discoveries in the Rocky Mountain Region: Geological Society of America Field Guide 33, p. 1–31, doi:10.1130/2013.0033(07) [Link]

Daniel, C.G., Pfeifer, L.S., and Jones, J.V. III, and McFarlane, C., 2013, Detrital zircon evidence for Mesoproterozoic (ca. 1.49–1.46 Ga) deposition and orogenesis in a reconstructed orogenic belt, northern New Mexico, USA: defining the Picuris Orogeny: Geological Society of America Bulletin, v. 125, p. 1423–1441. [Link]

Doe, M.F., Jones, J.V. III, Karlstrom, K.E., Dixon, B., Gehrels, G., and Pecha, M., 2013, Using detrital zircon ages and Hf isotopes to identify ca. 1.48–1.45 Ga sedimentary basins and fingerprint potential sources of exotic 1.6–1.5 Ga grains in southwestern Laurentia: Precambrian Research, v. 231, p. 409–421, doi:10.1016/j.precamres.2013.03.002 [Link]

Jones, J.V. III and Thrane, K., 2012, Correlating Proterozoic syn-orogenic metasedimentary successions in southwestern Laurentia: New insights from detrital zircon U-Pb geochronology of Paleoproterozoic quartzite and metaconglomerate in central and northern Colorado, U.S.A.: Rocky Mountain Geology, v. 47, p. 1–35. [Link]

Doe, M.D., Jones, J.V. III, Karlstrom, K.E., Thrane, K., Frei, D., Gehrels, G., and Pecha, M., 2012, Basin formation near the end of the 1.60–1.45 Ga tectonic gap in southern Laurentia: Mesoproterozoic Hess Canyon Group of Arizona and implications for ca. 1.5 Ga supercontinent configurations: Lithosphere, v. 4, p. 77–88. [Link]

Jones, J.V. III, Daniel, C.G., Thrane, K., and Frei, D., 2011, Revised regional correlations and tectonic implications of Paleoproterozoic and Mesoproterozoic metasedimentary rocks in northern New Mexico, USA: New findings from detrital zircon studies of the Hondo Group, Vadito Group, and Marquenas Formation: Geosphere, v. 7, p. 974–991. [Link]

Jones, J. V. III, Siddoway, C. S., and Connelly, J. N., 2010, Characteristics and implications of ca. 1.4 Ga deformation across a Proterozoic mid-crustal section, Wet Mountains, Colorado, USA: Lithosphere, v. 2, p. 119–135. [Link]

Jones, J.V. III, Rogers, S.A., and Connelly, J.N., 2010, U-Pb geochronology of Proterozoic granites in the Sawatch Range, Colorado, USA: Rocky Mountain Geology, v. 45, p. 1­­–22. [Link]

Jones, J. V. III, Connelly, J. N., Karlstrom, K. E., Williams, M. W., and Doe, M.F., 2009, Age, provenance, and tectonic setting of Paleoproterozoic quartzite successions in the southwestern United States: Geological Society of America Bulletin, v. 121, p. 247–264. [Link]

Kirkham, R.M., Stuefert, R.K., Cappa, J.A., Shaw, C.A., Allen, J.L., and Jones, J.V. III, 2009, Geologic Map of the Glenwood Springs Quadrangle, Garfield, Colorado: Colorado Geological Survey Map Series MS-38, scale 1:24,000. [Link]

Jones, J. V. III, and Connelly, J. N., 2006, Proterozoic tectonic evolution of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, southern Colorado: Rocky Mountain Geology, v. 41, p. 79–116. [Link]

Jessup, M.J., Jones, J. V. III, Karlstrom, K.E., Williams, M.L., Connelly, J.N., and Heizler, M.T., 2006, Three Proterozoic orogenic episodes and an intervening exhumation event in the Black Canyon of the Gunnison region, Colorado: Journal of Geology, v. 114, p. 555–576. [Link]