Miriam Jones, Ph.D.


Current Position: 

Research Geologist



  • Columbia University, PhD,  2008
  • Columbia University, MPhil, 2006
  • Columbia University, M. A.,  2005 
  • Barnard College, A.B., 2002, Magna Cum Laude




Manies, KL, Fuller CC, Jones, MC, Waldrop, MP, McGeehin, JP. 2017. Soil data for a thermokarst bog and the surrounding permafrost plateau forest, located at Bonanza Creek Long Term Ecological Research Site, Interior Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2016–1173, 11 p., http://dx.doi.org/10.3133/ofr20161173.

Jones, M.C., Harden, J., O’Donnell, J., Manies, K., Jorgenson, T., Treat, C. Ewing, S. 2017. Rapid carbon loss and slow recovery following permafrost thaw in boreal peatlands. Global Change Biology 23, 1109-1127 DOI: 10.1111/gcb.13403

Jones, B.M., Baughman, C.A., Romanovsky, V.E., Parsekian, A.D., Babcock, E.L, Stephani, E., Jones, M.C., Grosse, G., Berg, E.E. 2016. Presence of rapidly degrading permafrost plateaus in south-central Alaska. The Cryosphere 10, 2673-2692. 

Kaufman, D.S., Axford, Y.L., Henderson, A.C.J., McKay, N.P., Oswald, W.W., Saenger, C., Anderson, R.S., Bailey, H.L., Clegg, B., Gajewski, K., Hu, F.S., Jones, M.C., Massa, C., Routson, C.C., Werner, A., Wooller, M.J., Yu, Z., 2016. Holocene climate changes in eastern Beringia (NW North America) – A systematic review of multi-proxy evidence. Quaternary Science Reviews,147, 312-339 http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.quascirev.2015.10.021

Treat, C.C., Jones, M.C., Camill, P., Gallego-Sala, A., Garneau, M., Harden, J.W., Hugelius, G., Klein, E.S., Kokfelt, U., Kuhry, P., Loisel, J., Mathijssen, P.J.H., O’Donnell, J.A., Oksanen, P.O., Ronkainen, T.M., Sannel, A.B.K., Talbot, J., Tarnocai, C., Väliranta, M., 2016. Effects of permafrost aggradation on peat properties as determined from a pan-Arctic synthesis of plant macrofossils. Journal of Geophysical Research: Biogeosciences, DOI: 10.1002/2015JG003061.

Jones, M.C., Bernhardt, C., Willard, D., 2014. Late Holocene Vegetation, Climate, and Land-use impacts on carbon dynamics in the Florida Everglades. Quaternary Science Reviews, 90, 90-105, DOI: 10.1016/j.quascirev.2014.02.010.

Walter Anthony, K.M., Zimov, S., Grosse, G., Jones, M.C., Anthony, P., Chapin, F.S., Finlay, J., Mack, M., Davydov, S., Frenzel, P., Frolking, P. 2014. Shift of thermokarst lakes from carbon sources to sinks during the Holocene epoch. Nature, DOI: 10.1038/nature13560.

Loisel, J., Yu, Z., Beilman, D.W., Camill, P., Alm, J., Amesbury, M.J., Anderson, D., Andersson, S., Bochicchio, C., Barber, K., Belyea, L.R., Bunbury, J., Chambers, F.M., Charman, D.J., De Vleeschouwer, F., Fialkiewicz-Kozel, B., Finkelstein, S.A., Galka, M., Garneau, M., Hammarland, D., Hinchcliffe, W., Homquist, J., Hughes, P., Jones, M.C., Klen, E.S., Kokfelt, U., Korhola, A., Kuhry, P., Lamarre, A., Lamentowicz, M., Lage, D., Lavoie, M., MacDonald, G., Magnan, G., Mäkilä, M., Mallon, G., Mathijssen, P., Mauquoy, D., McCarroll, J., Moore, T.R., Nichols, J., O’Reilly, B., Oksanen, P., Packalen, M., Peteet, D., Richard, P.J.H., Robinson, S., Ronkainen, T., Rundgren, M., Sannel, A.B.K, Tarnocai, C., Thom, T., Tuittila, E.S., Turetsky, M., Väliranta, M., van der Linden, M., van Geel, B., van Bellen, S., Vitt, D., Zhao, Y., Zhou, W., 2014. A database and synthesis of northern peatland soil properties and Holocene carbon and nitrogen accumulation. The Holocene, DOI: 10.1177/0959683614538073

Jones, M.C., Wooller, M., Peteet, D.M. 2014. A deglacial and Holocene record of climate variability in south-central Alaska from stable oxygen isotopes and plant macrofossils in peat. Quaternary Science Reviews, DOI: 10.1016/j.quascirev.2013.12.025.

He, Y., Jones, M.C. Zhuang, Q., Bochichio, C., Felzer, B.S., Mason, E., Yu, Z. 2013. Evaluating the effects of climate seasonality of CO2 and CH4 cycling of Alaskan Ecosystems during the Holocene Thermal Maximum, Quaternary Science Reviews, doi: 10.1016/j.quascirev.2013.12.019.


Hunt, S.*, Yu, Z. Jones, M.C. 2013. Late-glacial and Holocene climate, disturbance and permafrost peatland dynamics on the Seward Peninsula, western Alaska. Quaternary Science Reviews, doi: 10.1016/j.quascirev.2012.11.019.


Regmi, P., G. Grosse, M.C. Jones, B.M. Jones, K.M.W. Anthongy. 2012. Characterizing drained thermokarst lake basins on the Seward Peninsula, Alaska with TerraSAR-X backscatter and Landsat-based NDVI. Remote Sensing, accepted.


Jones, M.C., Yu, Z.  Booth, R.K., Ferry, P.* 2012. A 2200-year record of permafrost dynamics and carbon cycling in a collapse-scar bog, Interior Alaska. Ecosystems,  DOI: 10.1007/s10021-012-9592-5.


Jones, M.C., Grosse, G., Walter Anthony, K.M., Jones, B. 2012. Peat accumulation in a thermokarst-affected landscape in continuous ice-rich permafrost, northern Seward Peninsula, Alaska. Journal of Geophysical Research 117,  doi:10.1029/2011JG001766.


Parsekian, A.D., Jones, B., Jones, M.C.,Grosse, G. Slater, L. 2011. Expansion rate, geometry, and methane flux from floating vegetation mats on the margins of thermokarst lakes, northern Seward Peninsula, Alaska, USA. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, doi:10.1002/esp.2210.


Jones, B.M., Grosse, G., Jones, M.C., Arp, C.D., Walter Anthony, K.M., 2011. Modern thermokarst lake dynamics in the continuous permafrost zone, northern Seward Peninsula, Alaska, USA. JGR-Biogeosciences, 116: G00M03, DOI:10.1029/2011JG001666.


Frolking, S., Talbot, J., Jones, M.C. Treat, C.C., Kaufman, J.B., Tuittila, E.S., Roulet, N., 2011. Peatlands in the Earth’s 21st century coupled climate-carbon system. Environmental Letters 19, 371-396. Doi:10.1139/A11-014.


Jones, M. C., Peteet, D. M.,2010. Late-glacial and Holocene d15N and d13C variation from a Kenai Peninsula, Alaska peatland. Paleogeography, Paleoclimatology, Paleoecology 293, 132-143.


Jones, M.C., Yu, Z. 2010. High sensitivity of Alaskan peatlands to temperature seasonality during the Holocene thermal maximum. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 107, 7347-7352.


Yu, Z., Beilman, D.W., Jones, M.C. 2009. Sensitivity of northern peatland carbon dynamics to Holocene climate change. in Carbon Cycling in Northern Peatlands, (Geophys. Monograph Series, Am. Geophys. Union, Washington D.C.). 10.1029/2008GM000822.


Jones, M.C., Peteet, D.M., Kurdyla, D., Guilderson, T. 2009. Climate and vegetation history from a 14,000-year peatland record, Kenai Peninsula, Alaska. Quaternary Research 72 (2), 207-217. doi:10.1016/j.yqres.2009.04.002  


Reger, R.D., A.G. Sturmann, E.E. Berg, and P.A.C Burns. 2008 A Guide to the Late Quaternary History of Northern and Western Kenai Peninsula, Alaska. Department of Natural Resources, Division of Geological and Geophysical Surveys Guidebook 8.  (Contributed data and analysis)


Pekar, Stephen F., McHugh, C.M.G, Christie-Blick, N., Jones, M.C., Carbotte, S.M., Bell, R. E., Lynch-Stieglitz, J. 2004. Estuarine processes and their stratigraphic record: paleosalinity and sedimentation changes in the Hudson Estuary (North America).Marine Geology. 209, 113-129.