Cynthia S. Jones
Cynthia S. Jones
Professor, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, UConn
Elected to the Academy in 2021


University of California, Santa Barbara, 1979, BA, Biology; University of California, Riverside, 1981, MS, Botany, University of California, Berkeley, 1990, PhD, Botany.

Professional Area

Area of expertise broadly spans the ecology, physiology and evolution of plants; specific research focus nationally and internationally has been on the evolution, ecology and function of plant trait variation; evolution of plant growth forms; developmental phenology and ecology of plants; and functional plant anatomy.


Internationally renowned Plant Scientist for pioneering contributions to understanding the ecology, physiology and evolution of plant structure and function; current President of the Botanical Society of America, the flagship society for plant scientists; over $4M in external research grants; highly cited scholarly articles in leading botanical, ecological and evolutionary journals.