Imperial College London

James Holland Jones

Faculty of Natural SciencesDepartment of Life Sciences (Silwood Park)

Senior Scientist, Grand Challenges in Ecosystems&Environment



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Centre for Population BiologySilwood Park





I am a biological anthropologist with research interests in human ecology, demography and life history theory, and the ecology and evolutionary biology of infectious disease. A sampling of current projects includes: (1) life history theory and the the evolution of human economic preferences, (2) climate change, livelihood adaptation, and gonorrhea transmission dynamics in Namibia, (3) dimensions of primate retroviral transmission, (4) the demography of residential mobility among Hadza hunter-gatherers, (5) fertility change, economic shocks, and reproductive decisions. 

In addition to my position in the Department of Life Sciences and the Grand Challenges in Ecosystems and the Environment at Imperial, I am an associate professor of Earth System Science and a senior fellow in the Woods Institute for the Environment at Stanford University

Selected Publications

Journal Articles

Arthur RF, Gurley ES, Salje H, et al., 2017, Contact structure, mobility, environmental impact and behaviour: the importance of social forces to infectious disease dynamics and disease ecology, Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, Vol:372, ISSN:0962-8436

Richardson ET, Kelly JD, Barrie MB, et al., 2016, Minimally Symptomatic Infection in an Ebola 'Hotspot': A Cross-Sectional Serosurvey, PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases, Vol:10, ISSN:1935-2735

Jones JH, 2015, Resource Transfers and Human Life-History Evolution, Annual Review of Anthropology, Vol:44, ISSN:0084-6570, Pages:513-531

Jones JH, Tuljapurkar S, 2015, Measuring selective constraint on fertility in human life histories, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, Vol:112, ISSN:0027-8424, Pages:8982-8986

Paige SB, Frost SDW, Gibson MA, et al., 2014, Beyond Bushmeat: Animal Contact, Injury, and Zoonotic Disease Risk in Western Uganda, Ecohealth, Vol:11, ISSN:1612-9202, Pages:534-543

Metcalf CJE, Jones JH, 2015, The evolutionary dynamics of timing of maternal immunity: evaluating the role of age-specific mortality, Journal of Evolutionary Biology, Vol:28, ISSN:1010-061X, Pages:493-502

Jones JH, Bird RB, 2014, The marginal valuation of fertility, Evolution and Human Behavior, Vol:35, ISSN:1090-5138, Pages:65-71

Jones JH, Bird RB, Bird DW, 2013, To kill a kangaroo: understanding the decision to pursue high-risk/high-gain resources, Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, Vol:280, ISSN:0962-8452

Thompson ME, Jones JH, Pusey AE, et al., 2007, Aging and fertility patterns in wild chimpanzees provide insights into the evolution of menopause, Current Biology, Vol:17, ISSN:0960-9822, Pages:2150-2156

Rudicell RS, Jones JH, Wroblewski EE, et al., 2010, Impact of Simian Immunodeficiency Virus Infection on Chimpanzee Population Dynamics, PLOS Pathogens, Vol:6, ISSN:1553-7366

Janes CR, Corbett KK, Jones JH, et al., 2012, Emerging infectious diseases: the role of social sciences, The Lancet, Vol:380, ISSN:0140-6736, Pages:1884-1886

Keele BF, Jones JH, Terio KA, et al., 2009, Increased mortality and AIDS-like immunopathology in wild chimpanzees infected with SIVcpz, Nature, Vol:460, ISSN:0028-0836, Pages:515-519

Bird RB, Bird DW, Codding BF, et al., 2008, The "fire stick farming" hypothesis: Australian Aboriginal foraging strategies, biodiversity, and anthropogenic fire mosaics, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, Vol:105, ISSN:0027-8424, Pages:14796-14801

Salathe M, Jones JH, 2010, Dynamics and Control of Diseases in Networks with Community Structure, PLOS Computational Biology, Vol:6, ISSN:1553-734X

Jones JH, Wilson ML, Murray C, et al., 2010, Phenotypic quality influences fertility in Gombe chimpanzees, Journal of Animal Ecology, Vol:79, ISSN:0021-8790, Pages:1262-1269

Salkeld DJ, Salathe M, Stapp P, et al., 2010, Plague outbreaks in prairie dog populations explained by percolation thresholds of alternate host abundance, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, Vol:107, ISSN:0027-8424, Pages:14247-14250

Salathe M, Kazandjieva M, Lee JW, et al., 2010, A high-resolution human contact network for infectious disease transmission, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, Vol:107, ISSN:0027-8424, Pages:22020-22025

Jones JH, 2011, Primates and the Evolution of Long, Slow Life Histories, Current Biology, Vol:21, ISSN:0960-9822, Pages:R708-R717

Salkeld DJ, Padgett KA, Jones JH, 2013, A meta-analysis suggesting that the relationship between biodiversity and risk of zoonotic pathogen transmission is idiosyncratic, Ecology Letters, Vol:16, ISSN:1461-023X, Pages:679-686

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