Burton Jones, Ph.D.


​​Professor of Marine Science​

Research Interests

​Professor 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. 

Selected Publications

  • Molecular-based approaches to characterize coastal microbial community and their potential relation to the trophic ... 
    M.I. Ansari, M. Harb, B. Jones, P.Y. Hong
    Scientific Reports, 5, (2015)
  • Regional ocean-colour chlorophyll algorithms for the Red Sea, 
    R. J. W. Brewin, D. E. Raitsos, G. Dall'Olmo, N. Zarokanellos, T. Jackson, M.-F. Racault, ...
    Remote Sensing of the Environment, (2015)
  • Subsurface seeding of surface harmful algal blooms observed through the integration of autonomous gliders, moored e... 
    B.N. Seegers, J.M. Birch, R. Marin, C.A. Scholin, D.A. Caron, E.L. Seubert, M.D.A. Howard,...
    Limnology and Oceanography, volume 60, issue 3, 754-764, (2015)
  • Anthropogenic nutrient sources rival natural sources on small scales in the coastal waters of the Southern Californ... 
    M.D.A. Howard, M. Sutula, D. Caron, Y. Chao, J. Farrara, H. Frenzel, B. Jones, G. Robertso...
    Limnology and Oceanography, 59(1), pp. 285-297, (2014)
  • Poleward propagating subinertial alongshore surface currents off the US West Coast 
    S.Y. Kim, et al. 
    Journal of Geophysical Research-Oceans, 118(12), pp. 6791-6806, (2013)
  • Effects of a surfacing effluent plume on a coastal phytoplankton community 
    K.M. Reifel, A.A. Corcoran, C. Cash, R. Shipe, B.H. Jones
    Continental Shelf Research, 60, 38-50, (2013)
  • Coastal upwelling linked to toxic Pseudo-nitzschia australis blooms in Los Angeles coastal waters 
    A. Schnetzer, B.H. Jones, R.A. Schaffner, I. Cetinic, E. Fitzpatrick, P.E. Miller, E. Seub...
    Journal of Plankton Research, volume 35, issue 5, pp. 1080-1092, (2013)
  • Seasonal and annual dynamics of harmful algae and algal toxins revealed through weekly monitoring at two coastal oc... 
    E.L. Seubert, A.G. Gellene, M.D.A. Howard, P. Connell, M. Ragan, B.H. Jones, J. Runyan, D....
    Environ Sci Pollut R, 20(10), pp. 6878-6895, (2013)
  • Algal toxins and reverse osmosis desalination operations: Laboratory bench testing and field monitoring of domoic a... 
    Seubert, E. L., S. Trussell, J. Eagleton, A. Schnetzer, I. Cetinić, P. Lauri, B. H. Jones,...
    Water Research, 46(19), 6563-6573, (2012)


  • Ph.D., Duke University.
  • B.Sc., Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology.   

Professional Profile

  • ​2012-Present: Professor, KAUST, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia
  • 1980-2012: Professor, University of Southern California, USA
  • 1992-1993: Visiting Fellow, NOAA Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory, USA
  • 1977-1980: Post-doctoral Fellow, Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences, USA​

Scientific and Professional Membership

  • ​American Geophysical Union
  • Association for the Sciences of Limonology and Oceanography
  • The Oceanography Society
  • European Geophysical Union​

KAUST Affiliations

  • ​Red Sea Research Center(RSRC)
  • Biological and Environmental Science and Engineering Division (BESE)

Research Interests Keywords

Biological networks and interactions Environment modeling Marine ecology Scientific Visualization Fluid mechanics Networks and wireless communications Sensors