Melanie Jones

Dr. Melanie D. Jones
Biology and Physical Geography Unit

B.Sc.: (Honours) Environmental Biology, University of Calgary, 1980
Ph.D.: Botany, University of Toronto, 1987
Post-doctoral studies: Biology, University of Calgary, 1987
Plant Sciences, Oxford University, 1988-90 

The Jones Research Lab

Melanie has been a professor in Biology since 1990, first at Okanagan University College and more recently at UBC Okanagan.

She teaches Plant Physiology, Field Ecology of Plants and Soils, Introductory Ecology, and first year biology.

Melanie's research interests include the influence of ectomycorrhizae on nutrient uptake and carbon allocation by woody plants. Her research has been published in 40 refereed papers, including one in Nature. Since 1991, she has studied the effect of various forestry practises on the diversity of ectomycorrhizal fungi in BC forests. Her most recent interest is in the physiological diversity of ectomycorrhizal fungi found in clearcuts and older forests. Members of her lab are using innovative methods for studying ectomycorrhizal physiology in situ. The advantage of this approach is that the root systems of mature trees can be studied.

Melanie grew up in southern Alberta (Lethbridge and Calgary) and considers herself lucky to based back in western Canada after doing research in other parts of Canada and the world for ten years after her undergraduate degree. The Okanagan Valley is a great place for cross-country skiing and gardening, two activities she enjoys. She also likes hiking, yoga, and growing orchids.

Students interested in pursuing graduate work in the area of tree root physiology or ectomycorrhiza ecology are encouraged to contact Melanie at

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Melanie Jones