Professor J.P.G Jones - Staff Profile

Professor Julia Jones
Professor of Conservation Science

Thoday Building, room G19A


Tel: 01248 382650 (from U.K.)
+44 1248 382650 (International)



Course Director: BSc Environmental Conservation, BSc Applied Terrestrial and Marine Ecology

Qualifications and Membership of Professional Bodies

PhD Zoology (University of Cambridge)
BA Zoology (University of Cambridge)

Research Interests

Please see my personal webpage linked below


The website of the conservation science group at Bangor (conservation@Bangor)

Julia's page on the on conservation@Bangor website

I am leader of the P4GES project, a large research project aiming to improve the design of payments for ecosystem services to reduce poverty funded by the espa programme.

I am also leader of the project Can payments for ecosystem services deliver environmental and livelihood benefits which is funded by the Leverhulme Trust.


Recent Publications

Google Scholar Link

Book Chapters

Non peer reviewed publications

Journal Articles


Lewis, A.R., Young, R. P., Gibbons, J.M., Jones, J.P.G. (2018) To what extent do potential conservation donors value community-aspects of conservation projects in low income countries? PLoS ONE 13(2): e0192935.

Rasolofoson, R.A., Nielsen, M.R., Jones J.P.G. (2018). The potential of the Global Person Generated Index (GPGI) for evaluating the perceived impact of conservation interventions on subjective well-being. World Development.

Teel, T.L., Anderson, C.B., Burgman, M. A., Cinner, J., Clark, D., Estevez, R.A., Jones, J.P.G., McClanahan, T. R., Reed, M.S., Sandbrook, C., St. John, F. V. (2018) Publishing social science research in Conservation Biology to move beyond biology. Conservation Biology


Rakotonarivo, O.S., Jacobsen, J.B., Larsen, H.O., Jones, P.G.J, Nielsen, M.S., Ramamonjisoa, B.S., Mandimbiniaina, R. R., Hockley, N. (2017) Qualitative and quantitative evidence on the true local welfare costs of forest conservation in Madagascar: Are discrete choice experiments a valid ex-ante tool? World Development.

Zwartendijk, B.W., van Meerveld, H.J., Ghimire, C.P., Bruijnzeel, L.A., Ravelona, M., Jones, J.P.G. (2017) Rebuilding soil hydrological functioning after swidden agriculture in eastern Madagascar. Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment.

Bidaud, C., Ranjatson, P., Schreckenberg, K., Jones, J.P.G. (2017) The sweet and the bitter: Intertwined positive and negative social impacts of a biodiversity offset. Conservation and Society;type=0


Rasolofoson, R.A., P.J. Ferraro, G. Ruta, M.S Rasamoelina, P.L Randriankolona, H.O. Larsen and J.P.G Jones (2016). Impacts of Community Forest Management on human economic well-being across Madagascar. Conservation Letters. doi: 10.1111/conl.12272

St. John, F.A.V., Brockington, D., Bunnefeld, N., Duffy, R., Homewood, K., Jones, J.P.G., Keane, A., Milner-Gulland, E.J., Nuno, A., Razafimanahaka, J. (2016) Assuring anonymity at the individual level may not be sufficient to protect research participants from harm. Biological Conservation.

Wallace, A.P.C., Jones, J.P.G., Milner-Gulland, E.J., Wallace, G., Young, R., Nicholson, E. (2016) Drivers of the distribution of fisher effort at Lake Alaotra, Madagascar, Human Ecology

Poudyal, M., Ramamonjisoa, B.S., Hockley, N. Rakotonarivo, O.S, Gibbons, J.M., Mandimbiniaina, R., Rasoamanana, A., Jones, J.P.G. (2016) Can REDD+ social safeguards reach the ‘right’ people? Lessons from Madagascar. Global Environmental Change. doi:10.1016/j.gloenvcha.2016.01.004

Jones, L., Norton, L., Austin, Z., Browne, A.L., Donovan, D., Emmett, B.A., Grabowski Z.J., Howard, D.C., Jones, J.P.G., Kenter, J.O., Manley, C., Morris, C., Robinson, D.A., Short, C., Siriwardena, G.M., Stevens, C.J., Storkey, J., Waters, R.D., Willis, G.F.,  (2016) Stocks and flows of natural and human-derived capital in ecosystem services. Land Use Policy 52 (2016) 151–162.


Wallace, A.P.C., Milner-Gulland E.J., Jones J.P.G., Bunnefeld N., Young, R., Nicholson, E. (2015) Quantifying the Short-Term Costs of Conservation Interventions for Fishers at Lake Alaotra, Madagascar. PLoS ONE 10(6): e0129440. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0129440

Maxwell, S.L., Milner-Gulland, E.J., Jones, J.P.G., Knight, A.T., Bunnefeld, S., Nuno, A., Bal, P., Earle, S., Watson. J.E.M., Rhodes, J. (2015) Being smart about SMART environmental targets. Science 6226: 1075-1076. 

Murray, J.P., Grenyer, R., Wunder, S., Raes, N., Jones, J.P.G. (2015) Spatial patterns of carbon, biodiversity, and REDD+ projects in Indonesia. Conservation Biology. DOI: 10.1111/cobi.12500

Rasolofoson, R.A., Ferraro, P.J., Jenkins, C.N., Jones, J.P.G. (2015) Effectiveness of Community Forest Management at reducing deforestation in Madagascar. Biological Conservation 184: 271-278 doi:10.1016/j.biocon.2015.01.027

Razanajatovo, N.H., Nomenjanahary, L.A., Wilkinson, D.A., Razafimanahaka, J.H., Goodman, S.M., Jenkins, R.K., Jones, J.P.G. Heraud, J-M. (2015) Detection of New Genetic Variants of Betacoronaviruses in Endemic Frugivorous Bats of Madagascar. Virology Journal. doi:10.1186/s12985-015-0271-y

Randriamamonjy, V.C., Keane, A.M., Razafimanahaka, J.H., Jenkins, R.K.B, Jones, J.P.G., (2015) Consumption of bushmeat around a major mine, and matched communities, in Madagascar. Biological Conservation. 186: 35-42 doi:10.1016/j.biocon.2015.02.033

Williams, S. J., Jones, J.P.G., Gibbons, J.M., Clubbe, C. (2015). Botanic gardens can positively influence visitors’ environmental attitudes. Biodiversity and Conservation. DOI 10.1007/s10531-015-0879-7

Richman, Nadia I., et al. (including J.P.G. Jones) (2015) Multiple drivers of decline in the global status of freshwater crayfish (Decapoda: Astacidea). Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 370. 20140060.



Rakotomamonjy, S.N., Jones, J.P.G., Razafimanahaka, J.H., Ramamonjisoa, B., Williams, S.J. (2014) The effects of environmental education on children and parents knowledge and attitude towards lemurs in rural Madagascar. Animal Conservation in press September 2014.

Maxwell, S. Rhodes, J.R., Bal, P., Bunnefeld, N., Earle, S., Knight, A.T., Milner-Gulland, E-J., Jones, J.P.G., Nuno, A., Watson, J.E., (2014). Sustainability: Root targets in consensus. Nature. 514: 434.

Richman, N.I., Gibbons, J.M., Turvey, S.T.,  Akamatsu, T, Ahmed, B., Mahabub, E., Smith, B., Jones, J.P.G. (2014) To see or not to see: investigating detectability of Ganges River dolphins using a combined visual-acoustic survey. PLOS One 9: e96811.

St John, F.A.V., Keane, A.M., Jones, J.P.G., Milner-Gulland, E.J. (2014) Robust study design is as important on the social as it is on the ecological side of applied ecological research. Journal of Applied Ecology 51: 475-489.

Williams, S.J., Jones, J.P.G., Gibbons, J.M. (2014) Cultivation can increase harvesting pressure on over-exploited plant populations. Ecological Applications 24: 250-262.


Peh, K.S.-H., Balmford, A., Bradbury, R.B., Brown, C., Butchart, S.H.M., Hughes, F.M.R., Stattersfield, A., Thomas, D.H.L., Walpole, M., Bayliss, J., Gowing, D., Jones, J.P.G., Lewis, S.L., Mulligan, M., Pandeya, B., Stratford, C., Thompson, J.R., Turner, K., Vira, B., Willcock, S., Birch, J.C. (2013) TESSA: a toolkit for rapid assessment of ecosystem services at sites of biodiversity conservation importance. Ecosystem Services 5: 51-57.

Rendón Thompson, O. R., Paavola, J., Healey, J. R., Jones, J. P. G., Baker, T. R. and Torres, J. (2013) Reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD+): transaction costs of six Peruvian projects. Ecology and Society 18: 17.

Sutherland, W.J., Freckleton, R.P., Godfray, H.C.J., Beissinger, S.R., Benton, T., Cameron, D.D., Carmel, Y., Coomes, D.A., Coulson, T., Emmerson, M.C., Hails, R.S., Hays, G.C., Hodgson, D.J., Hutchings, M.J., Johnson, D., Jones, J.P.G., Keeling, M.J., Kokko, H., Kunin, W.E., Lambin, X., Lewis, O.T., Malhi, Y., Mieszowska, N., Milner-Gulland, E.J., Norris, K., Phillimore, A.B., Purves, D.W., Reid, J.M., Reuman, D.C., Thompson, K., Travis, J.M.J., Turnbull, L.A., Wardle, D.A. and Wiegand, T. (2013) Identification of 100 fundamental ecological questions. Journal of Ecology 101: 58-67.


Bowler, D.E., Buyung-Ali, L.M., Healey, J.R., Jones, J.P.G., Knight, T.M. and Pullin, A.S. (2012) Does community forest management provide global environmental benefit and improve local welfare? Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 10: 29-36.

Jones, J.P.G. (2012) Getting what you pay for: the challenge of measuring success in conservation. Animal Conservation 15: 227-228.

Keane, A., Hobinjatovo, T., Razafimanahaka, H.J., Jenkins, R.K.B. and Jones, J.P.G. (2012) The potential of occupancy modelling as a tool for monitoring wild primate populations. Animal Conservation 15: 457-465.

Keane, A., Jones, J.P.G. and Milner-Gulland, E.J. (2012) Modelling the effect of individual strategic behaviour on community-level outcomes of conservation interventions. Environmental Conservation 39: 305-315.

Nicholson, E., Collen, B., Barausse, A., Blanchard, J.L., Costelloe, B.T., Sullivan, K.M.E., Underwood, F.M., Burn, R.W., Fritz, S., Jones, J.P.G., McRae, L., Possingham, H.P. and Milner-Gulland, E.J. (2012) Making robust policy decisions using global biodiversity indicators. PLoS One 7: e41128.

Razafimanahaka, J.H., Jenkins, R.K.B., Andriafidison, D., Randrianandriananina, F., Rakotomboavonjy, V., Keane, A. and Jones, J.P.G. (2012) Novel approach for quantifying illegal bushmeat consumption reveals high consumption of protected species in Madagascar. Oryx 46: 584-592.

St John, F.A.V., Edwards-Jones, G. and Jones, J.P.G. (2012) Opinions of the public, conservationists and magistrates on sentencing wildlife trade crimes in the UK. Environmental Conservation 39: 154-161.

St John, F.A.V., Edwards-Jones, G., Keane, A., Jones, L., Yarnell, R.W. and Jones, J.P.G. (2012) Identifying indicators of illegal behaviour: carnivore killing in human-managed landscapes. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 279: 804-812.

Williams, S., Gibbons, J.M., Clubbe, C., Dibble, A., A., M. and Jones, J.P.G. (2012) Who harvests and why? Characteristics of Guatemalan households harvesting Xaté (Chamaedorea ernesti-augusti). Economic Botany

Williams, S.J., Jones, J.P.G., Clubbe, C. and Gibbons, J.M. (2012) Training programmes can change behaviour and encourage the cultivation of over-harvested plant species. PLoS One 7: e33012.

Williams, S.J., Jones, J.P.G., Clubbe, C., Sharrock, S. and Gibbons, J.M. (2012) Why are some biodiversity policies implemented and others ignored? Lessons from the uptake of the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation by botanic gardens. Biodiversity and Conservation 21: 175-187.



Gibbons, J.M., Nicholson, E., Milner-Gulland, E.J. and Jones, J.P.G. (2011) Should payments for biodiversity conservation be based on action or results? Journal of Applied Ecology 48: 1218-1226.

Jenkins, R.K.B., Keane, A., Rakotoarivelo, A.R., Rakotomboavonjy, V., Randrianandrianina, F.H., Razafimanahaka, H.J., Ralaiarimalala, S.R. and Jones, J.P.G. (2011) Analysis of patterns of bushmeat consumption reveals extensive exploitation of protected species in eastern Madagascar. PLoS ONE 6: e27570.

Jones, J.P.G. (2011) Monitoring species abundance and distribution at the landscape scale. Journal of Applied Ecology 48: 9-13.

Jones, J.P.G., Collen, B., Baxter, P., Bubb, P., Illian, J., Katzner, T., Keane, A., Loh, J., Macdonald-Madden, E., Nicholson, E., Possingham, H., Pereira, H.M., Pullin, A., Ruiz-Gutierrez, V., Rodrigues, A., Sommerville, M. and Milner-Gulland, E.J. (2011) The why, what and how of global biodiversity indicators beyond 2010. Conservation Biology 25: 450-457.

Keane, A., Andriamatsiarao, P., Jones, J.P.G. and Milner-Gulland, E.J. (2011) Evidence for the effects of education and environmental engagement on knowledge of wildlife laws in Madagascar. Conservation Letters 4: 55-63.

Keane, A., Jones, J.P.G. and Milner-Gulland, E.J. (2011) Encounter data in resource management and ecology: pitfalls and possibilities. Journal of Applied Ecology 48: 1164-1173.

Rakotoarivelo, A.R., Razafimanahaka, J.H., Rabesihanaka, S., Jones, J.P.G. and Jenkins, R.K.B. (2011) Lois et règlements sur la faune sauvage à Madagascar: Progrès accomplis et besoins du futur. Madagascar Conservation and Development 6: 37-44.

Sommerville, M.M., Milner-Gulland, E.J. and Jones, J.P.G. (2011) The challenge of monitoring biodiversity in payment for environmental service interventions. Biological Conservation 144: 2832-2841.



Baker, T.R., Jones, J.P.G., Rendón Thompson, O.R., Román Cuesta, R.M., del Castillo, D., Aguilar, I.C., Torres, J. and Healey, J.R. (2010) How can ecologists help realise the potential of payments for carbon in tropical forest countries? Journal of Applied Ecology 47: 1159-1165.

Bowler, D.E., Buyung-Ali, L.M., Healey, J.R., Jones, J.P.G., Knight, T. and Pullin, A.S. (2010) The evidence base for community forest management as a mechanism for supplying global environmental benefits and improving local welfare. Environmental Evidence


Sommerville, M., Jones, J.P.G., Rahajaharison, M. and Milner-Gulland, E.J. (2010) The role of fairness and benefit distribution in community-based Payment for Environmental Services interventions: a case study from Menabe, Madagascar. Ecological Economics 69: 1262-1271.

Sommerville, M., Milner-Gulland, E.J., Rahajaharison, M. and Jones, J.P.G. (2010) Impact of a community-based Payment for Environmental Services intervention on forest use in Menabe, Madagascar. Conservation Biology 24: 1488-1498.

St John, F., Gibbons, J.M., Edwards-Jones, G. and Jones, J.P.G. (2010) Testing novel methods for assessing rule breaking in conservation. Biological Conservation 143: 1025-1030.

St John, F.A.V., Edwards-Jones, G. and Jones, J.P.G. (2010) Conservation and human behaviour: lessons from social psychology. Wildlife Research 37: 658-667.



Copsey, J.A., Jones, J.P.G., Andrianandrasana, H., Rajaonarison, L.H. and Fa, J.E. (2009) Burning to fish: local explanations for wetland burning in Lac Alaotra, Madagascar. Oryx 43: 1-4.

Danielsen, F., Burgess, N.D., Balmford, A., Donald, P.F., Funder, M., Jones, J.P.G., Alviola, P., Balete, D.S., Blomley, T., Brashares, J., Child, B., Enghoff, M., Fjeldså, J., Holt, S., Hübertz, H., Jensen, A.E., Jensen, P.M., Massao, J., Mendoza, M.M., Ngaga, Y., Poulsen, M.K., Rueda, R., Sam, M., Skielboe, T., Stuart-Hill, G., Topp-Jorgensen, E. and Yonten, D. (2009) Local participation in natural resource monitoring: a characterization of approaches. Conservation Biology 23: 31-42.

Franzen, M., Jones, J., Raselimanana, A.P., Nagy, Z.T., D'Cruze, N., Glaw, F. and Vences, M. (2009) A new black-bellied snake (Pseudoxyrhophiinae: Liophidium) from western Madagascar, with notes on the genus Pararhadinaea. Amphibia-Reptilia 30: 173-183.

Jones, J.P.G., Rasamy, J.R., Harvey, A., Toon, A., Oidtmann, B., Randrianarison, M.H., Raminosoa, N. and Ravoahangimalala, O.R. (2009) The perfect invader: a parthenogenic crayfish poses a new threat to Madagascar's freshwater biodiversity. Biological Invasions 11: 1475-1482.

Rendón Thompson, O.R., Baker, T.R., Healey, J.R., del Castillo, D., Jones, J.P.G. and Román Cuesta, R.M. (2009) Criterios e Indicadores Para Proyectos REDD, Proyecto ‘Fortalecimiento de Capacidadades para Pagos por Servicios Ambientales (Carbon y Biodiversidad) en la Amazonia Peruana. Universidad de Leeds, p. 40.

Sommerville, M.M., Jones, J.P.G. and Milner-Gulland, E.J. (2009) A revised conceptual framework for Payments for Environmental Services. Ecology and Society 14: 34.


Hockley, N.J., Jones, J.P.G. and Gibbons, J. (2008) Technological progress must accelerate to reduce ecological footprint overshoot. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 6: 122-123.

Jones, J. and Gardner, T. (2008) An unprecedented opportunity for biodiversity conservation? Hopes and fears surrounding international payments for ecosystem services. Oryx 42: 17.

Jones, J.P.G., Andriamarovololona, M.M. and Hockley, N. (2008) The importance of taboos and social norms to conservation in Madagascar. Conservation Biology 22: 976-986.

Jones, J.P.G., Andriamarovololona, M.M., Hockley, N., Gibbons, J.M. and Milner-Gulland, E.J. (2008) Testing the use of interviews as a tool for monitoring trends in the harvesting of wild species. Journal of Applied Ecology 45: 1205-1212.

Keane, A., Jones, J.P.G., Edwards-Jones, G. and Milner-Gulland, E.J. (2008) The sleeping policeman: understanding issues of enforcement and compliance in conservation. Animal Conservation 11: 75-82.


Jones, J.P.G., Andriahajaina, F.B., Hockley, N.J., Crandall, K.A. and Ravoahangimalala, O.R. (2007) The ecology and conservation status of Madagascar's endemic freshwater crayfish (Parastacidae; Astacoides). Freshwater Biology 52: 1820-1833.

Jones, J.P.G., Hockley, N. and Andriahajaina, F.B. (2007) The potential of native species aquaculture to achieve conservation objectives: freshwater crayfish in Madagascar. International Journal of Biodiversity Science and Management 3: 217-222.


Danielsen, F., Burgess, N.D., Balmford, A., Fjeldså, J., Andrianandrasana, H.T., Becker, C.D., Bennun, L., Brashares, J.S., Jones, J.P.G., Stuart-Hill, G., Topp-Jorgensen, E., Townsend, W.R., Uychiaoco, A.J., Whitten, T. and Yonten, D. (2006) Monitoring matters: evaluating locally-based biodiversity monitoring in developing countries. Oryx 40: 12-17.

Jones, J.P.G., Andriahajaina, F.B., Ranambinintsoa, E.H., Hockley, N.J. and Ravoahangimalala, O. (2006) The economic importance of freshwater crayfish harvesting in Madagascar and the potential of community-based conservation to improve management. Oryx 40: 168-175.

Jones, J.P.G. and Coulson, T. (2006) Population regulation and demography in a harvested freshwater crayfish from Madagascar. Oikos 112: 602-611.


Hockley, N.J., Jones, J.P.G., Andriahajaina, F.B., Manica, A., Rakoto, F.E., Ranambitsoa, E.H. and Randriamboahary, J.A. (2005) When should communities and conservationists monitor exploited resources? Biodiversity and Conservation 14: 2795-2806.

Jones, J.P.G., Andriahajaina, F.B., Hockley, N.J., Balmford, A.P. and Ravoahangimalala, O.R. (2005) A multidisciplinary approach to assessing the sustainability of freshwater crayfish harvesting in Madagascar. Conservation Biology 19: 1863-1871.

Book chapters

Jones, J.P.G., Butchart, S.M., Karanth, U. and Asner, G. (2012 (in press)) The why, what and how of monitoring for conservation. In McDonald, D. and Willis, K. (eds.), Key topics in conservation. Wiley-Blackwell

Andriamarolololona, M. and Jones, J.P.G. (2012) The role of taboos and traditional beliefs in aquatic conservation in Madagascar. In Hook, D. and Puncetti, G. (eds.), Sacred species and sites. Cambridge University Press

Jones, J.P.G. (2012) Monitoring in the real world. In Collen, B., Petorelli, N., Baillie, J.E.M. and Durant, S. (eds.), Biodiversity monitoring and conservation: bridging the gap between global commitment and local action. Wiley-Blackwell

Non Peer Reviewed Articles

Jones, J.P.G. (2016) A ‘sapphire rush’ has sent at least 45,000 miners into Madagascar’s protected forests. The Conversation

Jones, J.P.G. Jones (2015) Why haven’t Madagascar’s famed lemurs been saved yet?  The Conversation

Kümpel, N.F., Cunningham, A.A., Fa, J.E., Jones, J.P.G., Rowcliffe, J.M., Milner-Gulland, E-J. (2015)  Ebola and bushmeat: myth and reality. FAO Non Wood Forest Products update.

Jones, J.P.G. Jones (2015) Gerald Durrell is still making the world a better place two decades after his death. The Conversation