Dr. Jones provides statewide coordination for geospatial data, initiatives, and policies. She serves the principal role in advancing geospatial goals of the State of Alaska and voice of the Alaska Geospatial Council. Leslie has 20 years of experience as a geospatial statistician in applied research science and advocates for open data, reproducible science, and use of GIS as a platform for data-driven decisions. In her position as GIO she promotes the value of modernizing technologies to foster data sharing and integration to enable more effective coordination across the State of Alaska.
Position:Geospatial Information Officer, Director's Office
Address:550 West 7th Avenue Suite 706 Anchorage, AK 99501
Education and/or Training
Ph.D. 2016, Systems Ecology, University of Montana
National Science Foundation Fellow
Montana Institute on Ecosystems Fellow
M.S. 2012, Land Resources and Environmental Science, Montana State University
B.S. 1996, Statistics and Environmental Science, North Carolina State University
2020-present, Geospatial Information Officer, State of Alaska, Anchorage, AK
2017-2020, Lead Aquatic Ecologist, University of Alaska Anchorage, Alaska Center for Conservation Science, Anchorage, AK
2009-2017, Research Scientist, U.S. Geological Survey, West Glacier, MT
2007-2009, Software Programmer/Geospatial Analyst, Trout Headwaters, Livingston, MT
2006-2007, Ecological Statistician, Yellowstone Ecological Research Center, Bozeman, MT
2001-2006, Research Specialist, Montana State University, Bozeman, MT
- Heinle, K., Eby, L., Muhlfeld, C.C., Steed, A., Jones, L., D'Angelo, V., Whiteley, A.R., and Hebblewhite, M., 2020, Influence of water temperature and biotic interactions on the distribution of Westslope Cutthroat Trout (Oncorhynchus clarkia lewisi) under climate change: Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Science.
- Sexton, E.K., Sergeant, C.J., Moore, J.W., Westwood, A.R., Jones, L.A., and others, 2020, Canada's mines pose transboundary risks: Science Letters, v. 368, no. 6489, p. 376-377.
- Jones, L.A., Schoen, E.R., Shaftel, R., Cunningham, C.J., Mauger, S., Rinella, D.J., and St. Saviour, A., 2020, Watershed-scale climate influences productivity of Chinook salmon populations across southcentral Alaska: Global Change Biology. https://doi.org/10.1111/gcb.15155
- Shaftel, R., Mauger, S., Falke, J., Rinella, D.J., Davis, J., and Jones, L., 2020, Thermal diversity of salmon streams in the Matanuska-Susitna Basin, Alaska: Journal of American Water Resources Association.
- Jones, L.A., Muhlfeld, C.C., and Marshall, L.A., 2017, Projected warming portends seasonal shifts of stream temperatures in the northern Rocky Mountains, USA and Canada: Climatic Change, v. 144, no 4., p. 641-655.
- Giersch, J.J., Hotaling, S., Kovach, R., Jones, L.A., and Muhlfeld, C.C., 2017, Climate-induced glacier and snow loss imperils alpine stream insects: Global Change Biology, v. 23, no. 7, p. 2577-2589.
- Jones, L.A., Muhlfeld, C.C., and Hauer, F.R., 2016, Chapter 6: Temperature in Hauer, F. R. and Lamberti, G., eds., Methods in stream ecology (3rd edition): New York, NY, Elsevier, Academic Press, p. 109-120.
- Giersch, J.J., Jordan, S., Luikart, G., Jones, L.A., Hauer, F.R., and Muhlfeld, C.C., 2015, Climate-induced range contraction of a rare alpine aquatic invertebrate: Freshwater Science, v. 34, no. 1, p. 53-65.
- Pierce, R., Podner, C., and Jones, L., 2015, Long term increases in trout abundance following channel reconstruction, instream wood placement, and livestock removal from a spring creek in the Blackfoot Basin, Montana: Transactions of the American Fisheries Society, v. 144, no. 1, p. 184-195.
- Al-Chokhachy, R., Muhlfeld, C.C., Boyer, M.C., Jones, L.A., Steed, A., and Kershner, J.L., 2014, Quantifying the effectiveness of conservation measures to control the spread of anthropogenic hybridization in stream salmonids: a climate adaptation case study: North American Journal of Fisheries Management, v. 34, no. 3, p. 642-652.
- Jones, L.A., Muhlfeld, C.C., Marshall, L.A., McGlynn, B.L., and Kershner, J.L., 2014, Estimating thermal regimes of Bull Trout and assessing the potential effects of climate warming on critical habitats: River Research and Applications, v. 30, no. 2, p. 204-216.
- Landguth, E.L., Muhlfeld, C.C., Waples, R.S., Jones, L., Lowe, W.H., Whited, D., Lucotch, J., Neville, H., and Luikart, G., 2014, Combining demographic and genetic factors to assess population vulnerability in stream species: Ecological Applications, v. 24, no. 6, p. 1505-1524.
- Muhlfeld, C.C., Kovach, R.P., Jones, L.A., Al-Chokhachy, R., Boyer, M.C., Leary, R.F., Lowe, W.H., Luikart, G., and Allendorf, F.W., 2014, Invasive hybridization is accelerate by climate change in a threatened species: Nature Climate Change, v. 4, p. 620-624.
- Pierce, R., Podner, C., Marczak, L., and Jones, L., 2014, Instream habitat restoration and stream temperature reduction in a whirling disease positive spring creek in the Blackfoot River Basin, Montana: Transactions of the American Fisheries Society, v. 143, no. 5, p. 1188-1198.
- Muhlfeld, C.C., Jones, L., Kotter, D., Giersch, J.J., and Tohtz, J., 2012, Assessing the impacts of river regulation on native Bull Trout (Salvelinus Confluentus) and Westslope Cutthroat Trout (Oncorhynchus Clarkii Lewisi) habitat in the upper Flathead River, Montana, USA: River Research and Applications, v. 28, no. 7, p. 940-959.
- Schweiger, E.W., Ashton, I.W., Muhlfeld, C.C., Jones, L.A., and Bahls, L.L., 2011, The distribution and abundance of a nuisance native alga, Didymosphenia geminata, in streams of Glacier National Park: climate drivers and management implications: National Park Science, v. 28, no. 2, p. 88-91.