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James Jones
Dr. James (Jim) Jones
Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering  
University of Florida
Dr. Jones, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of the University of Florida, received a PhD degree in Biological and Agricultural Engineering from North Carolina State University. He is internationally recognized as a leader in mathematical modeling of cropping systems; interactive effects of climate, soil, water, genetics, and management on productivity; climate risk management; resource use efficiency; decision support systems for agriculture; and integration of biophysical and economic models at farm, national, and international scales. Dr. Jones has developed and led various national and international transdisciplinary research programs including development of the Florida Climate Institute consisting of ten Florida universities and co-development of the global Agricultural Model Intercomparison Project (AgMIP). Recently, he served as Program Director at the National Science Foundation in the Chemical, Bioengineering, Environmental, and Transport Systems Division of the Engineering Directorate where he co-led the multi-directorate funding initiative “Innovations at the Nexus of Food, Energy, and Water Systems” and helped lead the development of a new cross-directorate funding opportunity – “Signals in the Soil”.  He currently serves on the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine Board on Agriculture and Natural Resources and is leading the board’s development of a study on strategies for transforming food and agricultural systems. Dr. Jones has published over 500 journal articles, has authored or edited 5 books, and has taught short courses on agricultural system modeling in countries worldwide. He has received many awards and recognitions and is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and Fellow member of each of the AAAS, ASABE, ASA, and SSSA professional societies.