Chas Jones

Tribal Liaison
Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians

Chas Jones will soon be joining the Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians (ATNI) as their Tribal Liaison with the Northwest Climate Science Center. Chas is an interdisciplinary expert in the dynamic interactions between climate, water, ecology, and society. He acquired his Ph.D. in Hydrology from the University of Alaska, where he incorporated traditional knowledge and science to assess exposure of indigenous people to the impacts of climate change. In his postdoctoral research at the E.P.A., he assessed hydrologic vulnerability to climate across the continental U.S. He has also worked as an environmental consultant to develop river and riparian restoration plans to benefit endangered species, during which he developed collaborative partnerships with tribal, local, state, and federal agencies, private business, and academic institutions in the southwestern U.S. Chas also acquired a M.S. in Environmental Science and Policy and a B.S. in Biology from Northern Arizona University, where he studied the ecological impacts of dams and the potential restoration of rivers through the removal of dams. Chas also has a record of success in writing grants and technical writing, and looks forward to using these skills as the Tribal Liaison for ATNI.