Jill Baron is an ecosystem ecologist with the U.S. Geological Survey and a senior research ecologist with the CSU Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory. Her research focuses on applying ecosystem concepts to management of human-dominated regions, and understanding the biogeochemical and ecological effects of climate change and atmospheric nitrogen deposition to mountain ecosystems.
Baron is the founder and co-director of the John Wesley Powell Center for Earth System Science Analysis and Synthesis, and she is the founder and principal investigator of the Loch Vale Watershed long-term monitoring and research program in Rocky Mountain National Park. She was the lead author of the U.S. Climate Change Science Program report on Climate Change Adaptation Options for National Parks, and has given testimony to Congress on western acid rain and climate change issues. Baron is the current president of the Ecological Society of America.
Baron received her B.S. in plant sciences from Cornell University in 1976. She earned an M.S. in land resources from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, in 1979 and her Ph.D. in Rangeland Ecosystem Ecology from CSU in 1991. Baron served as the editor-in-chief for the Ecological Society of America publication Issues in Ecology from 2009 to 2012.