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Professor Burton H. Jones

Professor of Marine Science and Director of the Saudi Aramco-KAUST Center for Marine Environmental Observations at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology


Burton H. Jones is a Professor of Marine Science and Director of the Saudi Aramco Marine Environmental Research Center King Abdullah University of Science and Technology. Prior to joining KAUST, he was a Professor of Research in the Marine Environmental Biology program at the University of Southern California. Burt received a B.S. in Biological Engineering from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology and a Ph.D. in Biological Oceanography from Duke University. His central research focus is on the coupling between physical and biogeochemical processes in the ocean. His research has included studies of coastal upwelling, eddy and frontal processes, anthropogenic influences on the coastal ocean, HABs and coastal observing systems. His efforts include the use of ocean optics, towed vehicles and AUVs, as well as coastal observatories to study the dynamics of coastal systems. He is currently leading the development of an ocean observatory for the Red Sea to facilitate the study of fundamental processes in the Red Sea and provide a long-term monitoring capability for the region. Burt co-chaired the steering committee of the Southern California Ocean Observing System prior to moving to KAUST. He was also active in organizing regional collaborative studies within southern California. He is a member of the American Geophysical Union, the American Society of Limnology and Oceanography, and The Oceanography Society.