Prof. Burton Jones

Professor of Marine Science

Research Interests

Biological oceanography, physical/biological interactions, ocean optics, ocean observing, nutrient cycles, coastal urban issues, integrated observation and modeling.

Selected Publications

  • Jones, B.H., Lee, C.M., Toro-Farmer, G., Boss, E., Gregg, M.C., Villanoy, C., 2011. Tidally driven exchange in an archipelago strait: Biological and optical responses. Oceanography 24, 142-155.


  • Jochens, A.E., Malone, T.C., Stumpf, R.P., Hickey, B.M., Carter, M., Morrison, R., Dyble, J., Jones, B., Trainer, V.L., 2010. Integrated Ocean Observing System in Support of Forecasting Harmful Algal Blooms. Marine Technology Society Journal 44, 99-121.


  • Kim, S.Y., Terrill, E.J., Cornuelle, B., Jones, B.H., Washburn, L., Moline, M., Paduan, J., Garfield, T., Largier, J., Crawford, G., Kosro, P., 2010. Observations of high-resolution coastal surface circulation on the U. S. West Coast. Journal of Geophysical Research-Oceans 116.


  • Noble, M., Jones, B., Hamilton, P., Xu, J., Robertson, G., Rosenfeld, L., Largier, J., 2009. Cross-shelf transport into nearshore waters due to shoaling internal tides in San Pedro Bay, CA. Continental Shelf Research 29, 1768-1785.


  • Reifel, K.M., Johnson, S.C., DiGiacomo, P.M., Mengel, M.J., Nezlin, N.P., Warrick, J.A., Jones, B.H., 2009. Impacts of Stormwater Runoff Contaminants in the Southern California Bight: Relationships among Plume Constituents. Continental Shelf Research 29, 1821-1835.


  • Reifel, K.M., Swan, B.K., Erhardt, C.J., Jones, B.H., 2010. Optical characterization of a precipitation event in a moderately hypersaline lake. Geophysical Research Letters 37, L21603.


  • Sekula-Wood, E., Schnetzer, A., Benitez-Nelson, C.R., Anderson, C., Berelson, W.M., Brzezinski, M.A., Burns, J.M., Caron, D.A., Cetinic, I., Ferry, J.L., Fitzpatrick, E., Jones, B.H., Miller, P.E., Morton, S.L., Schaffner, R.A., Siegel, D.A., Thunell, R., 2009. Rapid downward transport of the neurotoxin domoic acid in coastal waters. Nature Geoscience 2, 272-275.


  • Smith, R.N., Schwager, M., Smith, S.L., Jones, B.H., Rus, D., Sukhatme, G.S., 2011. Persistent Ocean Monitoring with Underwater Gliders: Adapting Sampling Resolution. Journal of Field Robotics 28, 714-741.

Education Profile

  • Ph.D., Duke University.

  • B.Sc., Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology.    

Professional Profile

  • 1977-1980: Post-doctoral fellow Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences, USA

  • 1980-2012: Professor, University of Southern California, USA

  • 1992-1993: Visiting fellow, NOAA Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory, USA



Research Interests

Dr. Jones’ research interests include bio-optical oceanography, physical-biological interactions, coastal processes, and coastal ocean observing systems. He has been involved in studying the dynamics of physical and biological interactions in a variety of environments throughout the world. Recently, he has focused on the physical and biological processes in marginal seas including research in the Adriatic Sea, Japan/East Sea, the Philippine Seas, and now the Red Sea. While in southern California, he led efforts directed toward understanding the effects of anthropogenic inputs from major urban areas on the biological and chemical processes in the coastal ocean through a combination of ocean observations, remote sensing and numerical modeling. He has also collaborated on the observing and modeling the oceanographic processes contributing to harmful algal blooms. Development of instrument systems and implementation of ocean observing networks has been a major technological thrust of his efforts. At KAUST he is extending these efforts to understand the physical and biogeochemical processes within the Red Sea, the interaction of the open sea with the coastal coral reef systems, and developing a basis for managing future use of the Red Sea. 

Scientific and Professional Memberships


  • American Geophysical Union 

  • Association for the Sciences of Limonology and Oceanography 

  • The Oceanography Society