Craig Jones
Professor • Fellow
Geological Sciences • CIRES

Office: BESC 440C


My main interest is in the origin of mountains and elevated topography in continents, primarily in the western U.S. Much of the recent work has focused on seismological approaches to understanding the mechanism supporting topography in the Sierra Nevada and High Plains, but I have also incorporated observations from other disciplines (gravity, paleoaltimetry, petrology, etc.).


Sierra Nevada, Rocky Mountains, tectonics, seismology, geophysics, geodynamics, lithospheric structure

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Education and Training

  • B.S., California Institute of Technology, 1981
  • Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1987