UF climate scientist receives national recognition

Jim Jones

Climate-science expert Jim Jones, a distinguished service professor emeritus in the agricultural and biological engineering department and director of the Florida Climate Institute, has been elected to the National Academy of Engineering, or NAE.

Election to NAE is one of the highest professional distinctions an engineer can achieve. Members can be nominated only by a current member and are elected by the NAE membership.

Jones was elected to NAE’s Special Fields & Interdisciplinary Engineering Section, which encompasses agricultural engineering and atmospheric sciences. It is one of 12 sections representing broad engineering categories.

Jones was elected on the basis of his outstanding contributions to engineering, notably his work on climate change, environmental impacts and sustainable agricultural systems. He is perhaps best known for developing computer models to support agricultural decision-making. These models help farmers make crop-yield projections under various weather, soil and management conditions.

A member of the UF faculty since 1977, Jones previously worked for the U.S. Department of Agriculture and was a faculty member at Mississippi State University.

Founded in 1964, NAE is a branch of the National Academies. It is a private, independent institution that promotes the engineering profession. Altogether, NAE has a U.S. membership of 2,254, including at least five other UF faculty members.

Jim Jones, jimj@ufl.edu