R. Christian “Chris” Jones

Director, PERECR Chris Jones

Professor, Department of Environmental Science and Policy

[separator headline=”h4″ title=”Specialization”] Freshwater Ecology, Water Quality, Plankton Ecology, Stream Bioassessment

[separator headline=”h4″ title=”Current research projects”]
  • Ecological Study of Gunston Cove (continuous since 1984)
  • Ecological Study of Hunting Creek (initiated 2013)
  • Fairfax City Nonpoint Source Water Quality Monitoring
  • Continuous Monitoring of Water Quality in the Tidal Potomac River
[separator headline=”h4″ title=”Contact”] [mini-icon icon=”envelope”] Email: rcjones@gmu.edu

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Graziano, A.P.; Jones, R.C. 2017. Diel and Seasonal Patterns in Continuously Monitored Water Quality at Fixed Sites in Two Adjacent Embayments of the Tidal Freshwater Potomac River. Water, 9, 624. PDF

Jones, R.C. 2000. Long-term trends in summer phytoplankton chlorophyll a in the tidal freshwater Potomac River, USA: relationship to climatic and management factors. Verhandlungen Internationale Vereinigung Limnologie 27: 2959-2962.

Norton, S.B., S. Cormier, M. Smith, R.C. Jones, and M. Schubauer-Berigan. 2002. Predicting Levels of Stress from Biological Assessment Data: Empirical Models from the Eastern Corn Belt Plains Ecoregion. Environmental Contamination and Toxicology 21: 1168-1175.

Jones, R.C., D.P. Kelso, and E. Schaeffer. 2008. Spatial and seasonal patterns in water quality in an embayment-mainstem reach of the tidal freshwater Potomac River, USA: a multiyear study. Environmental Monitoring and Assessment 147:351-375. DOI 10.1007/s10661-007-0126-0. Available on line at Springer web site.

Jones, R.C. 2008. Long term response of water quality to changes in nutrient loading at a mainstem site in the tidal freshwater Potomac River. Verhandlungen Internationale Vereinigung Limnologie 30(4): 633-637.

Orzetti, L.L., R.C. Jones, and R.F. Murphy. 2010. Stream condition in Piedmont streams with restored riparian buffers in the Chesapeake Bay watershed. Journal of the American Water Resources Association 46: 473-485.

Kraus, R.T. and R.C. Jones. 2012. Fish abundances in shoreline habitats and submerged aquatic vegetation in a tidal freshwater embayment of the Potomac River. Environmental Monitoring and Assessment 184: 3341-3357.

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Jones, R.C., Graziano, A.P. 2013. Diel and seasonal patterns in water quality continuously monitored at a fixed site on the tidal freshwater Potomac River. Inland Waters, v. 3, n. 4, pp. 421-436.

Kraus, R.T. and R.C. Jones. 2011. Fish abundances in shoreline habitats and submerged aquatic vegetation in a tidal freshwater embayment of the Potomac River. Environmental Monitoring and Assessment. Online First. June 2011.

Orzetti, L.L., R.C. Jones, and R.F. Murphy. 2010. Stream condition in Piedmont streams with restored riparian buffers in the Chesapeake Bay watershed. Journal of the American Water Resources Association 46: 473-485.

Jones, R.C. 2008. Long term response of water quality to changes in nutrient loading at a mainstem site in the tidal freshwater Potomac River. Verhandlungen Internationale Vereinigung Limnologie 30:633-637.

Jones, R.C., D.P. Kelso, and E. Schaeffer. 2008. Spatial and seasonal patterns in water quality in an embayment-mainstem reach of the tidal freshwater Potomac River, USA: a multiyear study. Environmental Monitoring and Assessment 147:351-375. doi: 10.1007/s10661-007-0126-0.

Norton, S., S. Cormier, M. Smith, R.C. Jones, and M. Schubauer-Berigan. 2002. Predicting Levels of Stress from Biological Assessment Data: Empirical Models from the Eastern Corn Belt Plains Ecoregion. Environmental Contamination and Toxicology 21:1168-1175.

Coles, J.F., and R.C. Jones. 2000. Effect of temperature on photosynthesis-light response and growth of four phytoplankton species isolated from a tidal freshwater river. Journal of Phycology 36:7-16. doi:10.1046/j.1529-8817.2000.98219.x.

Connor, T.E., and R.C. Jones. 2000. Zooplankton dynamics in an artificially destratified reservoir, Lake Barcroft, Fairfax County, Virginia: a 2-year study. Verhandlungen Internationale Vereinigung Limnologie 27:2950-2953.

Jones, R.C. 2000. Long-term trends in summer phytoplankton chlorophyll a in the tidal freshwater Potomac River, USA: relationship to climatic and management factors. Verhandlungen Internationale Vereinigung Limnologie 27:2959-2962.

Norton, S., S. Cormier, M. Smith, and R.C. Jones. 2000. Can biological assessments discriminate among types of stress? A case study from the Eastern Corn Belt Plains ecoregion. Environmental Toxicology and Contamination 19:1113-1119.

Connor, T., and R.C. Jones. 1998. Survival and reproduction by Bosmina longirostris fed two species of green algae 25:984-987.

Jones, R.C. 1997. Seasonal and spatial patterns in phytoplankton photosynthetic parameters in a tidal freshwater river. Hydrobiologia 364:199-208. doi: 10.1023/A:1003107306421.

Thorp, A., R.C. Jones, and D.P. Kelso. 1997. A comparison of water-column macroinvertebrate communities in beds of differing submersed aquatic vegetation in the tidal freshwater Potomac River. Estuaries and Coasts 20:86-95. doi: 10.2307/1352722.

Connor, T., and R.C. Jones. 1993. Population dynamics of Bosmina longirostris in a tidal freshwater ecosystem. Verhandlungen Internationale Vereinigung Limnologie 25:984-987.

Jones, R.C., C. Buchanan, and V. Andrle. 1992. Spatial, seasonal, and interannual patterns in the phytoplankton communities of a tidal freshwater ecosystem. Virginia Journal of Science 43:25-40.

Fulton, R., and R.C. Jones. 1991. Growth and reproductive responses of Daphnia to cyanobacterial blooms on the Potomac River. Internationale Review gesamten Hydrobiologie 76:5-19.

Jones, R.C. 1991. Spatial and temporal patterns in a cyanobacterial phytoplankton bloom in the tidal freshwater Potomac River, U.S.A. Verhandlungen Internationale Vereinigung Limnologie 24:1698-1702.
Jones, R.C. 1990. The effect of submersed aquatic vegetation on phytoplankton and water quality in the tidal freshwater Potomac River. Journal of Freshwater Ecology 5:279-288.

Edson, J., and R.C. Jones. 1988. Spatial, temporal, and storm runoff-related variations in phytoplankton community structure in a small, suburban reservoir. Hydrobiologia 169:353-362. doi:10.1007/BF00007558.
Jones, R.C., and C. Clark. 1987. Impact of watershed urbanization on stream insect communities.Water Resources Bulletin 23:1047-1055.

Jones, R.C. 1984. Effects of urban stormwater runoff on reservoir phytoplankton. Verhandlungen Internationale Vereinigung Limnologie 22:1486-1492.

Jones, R.C. 1984. Application of a Primary Production Model to Epiphytic Algae in a Shallow, Eutrophic Lake. Ecology 65:1895-1903.

Jones, R.C., M.S. Adams, and K. Walti. 1983. Phytoplankton as a factor in the decline of the submersed macrophyte Myriophyllum spicatum L. in Lake Wingra, Wisconsin, U.S.A. Hydrobiologia 107:213-219. doi: 10.1007/BF00036690.

Jones, R.C., and M.S. Adams. 1982. Seasonal variations in photosynthetic response of algae epiphytic on Myriophyllum spicatum L. Aquatic Botany 13:317-330. doi: 10.1016/0304-3770(82)90067-5.

Jones, R.C. 1980. Productivity of algal epiphytes in a Georgia salt marsh: effect of inundation frequency and implications for total marsh productivity. Estuaries and Coasts 3:315-317. doi:10.2307/1352087.

Jones, R.C. 1978. Algal biomass dynamics during colonization of artificial islands: experimental results and a model. Hydrobiologia 59:165-180. doi: 10.1007/BF00036495.

Jones, R.C., J. Cairns, Jr., and W. Yongue, Jr. 1976. Vertical gradients in artificial substrate-associated protozoan community structure in a stratified freshwater lake. Journal of the Elisha Mitchell Scientific Society 92:1-8.

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Jones, R.C., K. de Mutsert, G.D. Foster. 2014. An Ecological Study of Hunting Creek 2013, Final Report. 123 pp.

Jones, R.C. and K. de Mutsert. 2013. An Ecological Study of Gunston Cove 2012, Final Report. 151 pp.

Jones, R.C. and K. de Mutsert. 2012. An Ecological Study of Gunston Cove 2011, Final Report. 140 pp.

Jones, R.C. and R. Kraus. 2011. An Ecological Study of Gunston Cove 2010, Final Report. 144 pp.

Jones, R.C. and R. Kraus. 2010. An Ecological Study of Gunston Cove 2009, Final Report. 144 pp.

Jones, R.C. and R. Kraus. 2009. An Ecological Study of Gunston Cove 2008, Final Report. 158 pp.

Jones, R.C., D.P. Kelso, and R. Kraus. 2008. An Ecological Study of Gunston Cove 2007, Final Report. 136 pp.

Jones, R.C., D.P. Kelso, and R. Kraus. 2008. An Ecological Study of Gunston Cove 2006, Final Report. 131 pp.

Jones, R.C., and D.P. Kelso. 2007. An Ecological Study of Gunston Cove 2004-2005, Final Report. 219 pp.

Jones, R.C. 2006. Forested Riparian Buffer Study-Phase II. Counties of Henrico, Spotsylvania, and James City, Virginia; County of Prince Georges, Maryland and County of Dauphin, Pennsylvania. Final Report.

Jones, R.C., and D.P. Kelso. 2005. An Ecological Study of Gunston Cove 2003-2004, Final Report. 167 pp.

Jones, R. C., and J. Wilder. 2004. Forested Riparian Buffer Studies: Prince William County, VA, Lancaster County, PA, Frederick County, MD. 3 CD’s.

Jones, R. C. 2003. Aquatic Survey of NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. Main and East Campuses. 2002. Final Report. 79 pp. [link]

Jones, R.C., and D.P. Kelso. 2003. An Ecological Study of Gunston Cove 2002-2003, Final Report.

Jones, R.C., and D.P. Kelso. 2003. An Ecological Study of Gunston Cove 2001-2002, Final Report. 181 pp.

Jones, R. C., L. Astin, and K. Rowland. 2002. Bioassessment of Page Brook, Final Report. 36 pp.

Jones, R. C., L. Astin, and K. Rowland. 2002. Bioassessment of Roseville Run Watershed. Clarke Co., VA. Final Report. 25 pp.

Jones, R. C., and R. Hansen. 2002. Bioassessment of Spout Run, Clarke County, VA. Final Report. 31 pp.

Jones, R. C., and D.P. Kelso. 2002. An Ecological Study of Tidal Powells Creek and the Adjacent Potomac River. Prince William County, Virginia. 2001. Final Report. 43 pp.

Jones, R.C., and D.P. Kelso. 2001. An Ecological Study of Gunston Cove 2000-2001, Final Report. 169 pp.

Kelso, D.P., R.C. Jones, K.D. Brittingham, A.M. Maher, D.R. Morgan, E. Tuszynska. 2001. Quantico Marine Corp. Base Stream Monitoring 1998-1999, Final Report.

Jones, R.C., and D.P. Kelso. 2000. An Ecological Study of Gunston Cove 1999-2000, Final Report. 112 pp.

Jones, R. C., and J. Arciszewski. 2000. Bioassessments of the Bull Run Watershed. 1998-99. Final Report. 34 pp.

Jones, R.C., and D.P. Kelso. 1999. An Ecological Study of Gunston Cove 1998-99, Final Report. 98 pp.

Jones, R.C., D.P Kelso. 1999. Fort Belvoir Aquatic Studies 1997, Final Report.

Jones, R. C., and D.P. Kelso. 1998. Bioassessment of Occoquan Filter Wash. 1995-97. Final Report. 51 pp.

Jones, R. C., and D.P. Kelso. 1998. Fort Belvoir Aquatic Studies: 1995-96. Final Report. 41 pp.

Jones, R.C., and D.P. Kelso. 1998. An Ecological Study of Gunston Cove 1997-98, Final Report. 98 pp.

Jones, R.C., and D.P. Kelso. 1997. An Ecological Study of Gunston Cove 1996-97, Final Report. 98 pp.

Jones, R.C. and D.P. Kelso. 1997. Bioassessment of Prince William County Watersheds, Final Report.

Jones, R.C., and D.P. Kelso. 1996. An Ecological Study of Gunston Cove 1995-96, Final Report. 144 pp.

Jones, R.C., and D.P. Kelso. 1995. An Ecological Study of Gunston Cove 1994-95, Final Report. 136 pp.

Jones, R.C., and D.P. Kelso. 1995. An Ecological Study of Gunston Cove 1993-94, Final Report. 139 pp.

Jones, R.C. and D.P. Kelso. 1994. Bioassessment of Nonpoint Source Impacts in Three Northern Virginia Watersheds, Final Report.

Jones, R.C., and D.P. Kelso. 1993. An Ecological Study of Gunston Cove 1992-93, Final Report. 145 pp.

Jones, R.C., and D.P. Kelso. 1992. An Ecological Study of Gunston Cove 1991-92, Final Report. 147 pp.

Jones, R.C., and D.P. Kelso. 1992. An Ecological Study of Gunston Cove 1990-91, Final Report. 159 pp.

Jones, R.C., and D.P. Kelso. 1990. An Ecological Study of Gunston Cove 1989-90, Final Report. 285 pp.

Jones, R.C., and D.P. Kelso. 1989. An Ecological Study of Gunston Cove 1988-89, Final Report. 250 pp.

Jones, R. C., and D.P. Kelso. 1988. An Ecological Study of Gunston Cove 1987-88, Final Report.

Jones, R. C., G. Warner, P. DeFur, and S. Touart. 1987. An Ecological Study of Gunston Cove 1986-87, Final Report. 240 pp.

Jones, R. C., V. Carter, N. Rybicki, J. Barko, P. V. Dresler, R. Hickman, and R. Anderson. Data on Physical, Chemical, and Biological Characteristics of Hydrilla Beds, Mixed Vegetation Beds, and Unvegetated Sites in the Tidal Potomac River, Maryland and Virginia, 1987. 196 pp. U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 88-709.

Jones, R.C., D.P. Kelso, and P. DeFur. 1986. An Ecological Study of Gunston Cove 1985-86, Final Report. 164 pp.

Kelso, D.P., R.C. Jones, and P. DeFur. 1985. An Ecological Study of Gunston Cove 1984, Final Report. 208 pp.

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Jones, R.C. and Buchanan, C. 2009. Analysis of continuous water quality monitoring data from the tidal freshwater Potomac River. Page 47 in Water Resources in Changing Climates. Proceedings of 2009 Virginia Water Research Conference. P. Fay (ed). Virginia Water Resources Research Center. Richmond, VA. Available on line: [br][mini-icon icon=”file”] www.vwrrc.vt.edu/pdfs/proceedings/2009WaterResearchSymposium_proceedings_web.pdf

Jones, R.C., J. Wilder, and H. Jorgensen. 2008. GIS-based forested riparian buffer analysis of selected streams in the Chesapeake Bay watershed. Pages 199-203 in Connecting Management to Aquatic Communities. Proceedings of 2007 Virginia/West Virginia Water Research Symposium. A. Constantinescu (ed). Virginia Water Resources Research Center. Blacksburg, MD. Available on line:[br][mini-icon icon=”file”] www.vwrrc.vt.edu/pdfs/proceedings/2007WaterResearchSymposium_proceedings.pdf

Jones, R.C., A. Via-Norton, and D. Morgan. 1997. Bioassessment of BMP effectiveness in mitigating stormwater impacts on aquatic biota. Pages 402-417 in Effects of Watershed Development and Management on Aquatic Ecosystems. Larry Roesner (ed.) American Society of Civil Engineers. New York.

Jones, R.C., T. Grizzard, and R.E. Cooper. 1996. The response of stream macroinvertebrates and water quality to varying degrees of watershed suburbanization in northern Virginia. Pages 671-674 inWatershed ‘96: Moving Ahead Together. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Kircher, S.R. and R.C. Jones. 1991. The temporal and spatial distribution of sediment phosphorus and iron in Gunston Cove, Virginia. In: New Perspectives in the Chesapeake System: A Research and Management Partnership. Proceedings of a Conference. Chesapeake Research Consortium. Publication No. 137.

Jones, R.C. 1988. Submersed aquatic weedbeds as a habitat in the tidal freshwater Potomac. Pages 15-25 in Submerged Aquatic Vegetation in the Potomac. M.P. Sullivan and J.H. Hannahan (eds.). D.C. Water Resources Research Center Report No. 87.

Jones, R.C. 1988. Use of in situ nutrient addition and dilution bioassays to detect nutrient limitation in the tidal freshwater Potomac. Pages 241-252 in Understanding the Estuary: Advances in Chesapeake Bay Research. Chesapeake Research Consortium Publication 129. CBP/TRS 24/88.

Jones, R.C., and K.B. Mayer. 1983. Seasonal changes in the taxonomic composition of epiphytic algal communities in Lake Wingra, Wisconsin, U.S.A. Pages 11-16 in R.G. Wetzel (ed.) Periphyton of Freshwater Ecosystems. Dr. W. Junk Publishers. The Hague, Netherlands.

Redfield, G.W. and R.C. Jones. 1982. Effects of urbanization on lake ecosystems. Pages 42-60 in R.C. Jones, G.W. Redfield, and D.P. Kelso (eds). Urbanization, Stormwater Runoff, and the Aquatic Environment. George Mason University.

Jones, R.C., A. Gurevitch, and M.S. Adams. 1980. Significance of the epiphyte component of the littoral to biomass and phosphorus removal by harvesting. Pages 51-61 in J.E. Breck, R.T. Prentki, and O.L. Loucks (eds). Aquatic Plants, LakeManagement, and Ecosystem Consequences of LakeHarvesting. Institute for Environmental Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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 Sklarew, D., R. Lacouture and R. C. Jones. 2009. A retrospective analysis of nitrogen removal eutrophication risk for the Freshwater Potomac Estuary. Estuaries and Coasts in a Changing World – Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation 20th Biennial Conference, Portland, OR, November 1-5.

Sklarew, D. and R. C. Jones. 2008. Recent relations between climate variability, nutrient management and summer eutrophication in the tidal freshwater Potomac River near Gunston Cove. 60th Anniversary Meeting of the Atlantic Estuarine Research Society, Fairfax, VA, Nov. 7, 2008.

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