Michael Jones – 2022 Wilson Memorial Scholarship

Michael Jones 2022Biography and M.S. Research Topic: Michael Jones is a graduate student at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. He is interested in understanding processes controlling CO2 dynamics within the karst critical zone. His M.S. thesis focuses on spatial and temporal variability in CO2 in mantled karst terrain. Before joining the Covington Research Group, he completed his Bachelor of Science in Water Resources at Texas State University-San Marcos in 2016. He worked on karst watershed protection at The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment in San Marcos until he joined the National Cave and Karst Research Institute (NCKRI) in Carlsbad, New Mexico, in 2019. Inspired by what he learned at NCRKI, Michael left to pursue graduate studies to become a cave and karst hydrogeologist and geomorphologist. His data campaign from spring 2022 to spring 2023 at the Savoy Experimental Watershed in Northwest, Arkansas, provides insight into the processes that drive landform and subsurface evolution in karst terrains.