Dr. Douglas Jones
Florida Museum Director & Professor
Dr. Jones is current director of the Florida Museum of Natural History (FLMNH) and Professor of Geology and Zoology at the University of Florida. His many concurrent appointments include the Florida Association of Museums (Board Member), Toomey Foundation for the Natural Sciences (Board Vice-President), Association of Science Museum Directors (President), Paleobiology (Co-editor), American Alliance of Museums (Board Member).
Dr. Jones received his Ph.D. from Princeton University (1980) in the Geological and Geophysical Sciences. He has been on the University of Florida Faculty since 1979 teaching both undergraduate and graduate courses. He has served the University in many capacities as both professor and curator, and now as director of the FLMNH since 1997.
He has many professional affiliations (Geological Society of America, American Geophysical Union, Sigma Xi, Florida Paleontological Society, American Association of Museums, etc.). Dr. Jones has also received dozens of honors and offices (Fellow Geological Society of America, Research Achievement Award, University of Florida, Sir Kirby Laing Fellow University of Wales, UK, and many more).
Dr. Jones has published more than one hundred scientific papers on geologic and paleobiological topics and has received dozens of research grants from local and national organizations.
Read more about Dr. Jones in a recently featured Gainesville Sun (2017 September 19, pg. D1) profile piece, "Open to All: Museum Boss wants to extend reach to diverse audience."