Melanie Jones is a Research Assistant for the Sustaining Family Forests Initiative. She assists with data management and is creating an Access database to improve SFFI’s monitoring and evaluation efforts. She also interviews Tools for Engaging Landowners Effectively (TELE) workshop attendees to write case studies about the meaningful impact TELE has had on their conservation efforts.
Melanie is a second-year Master of Environmental Science candidate at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies. Her research focuses on the status and potential future of ecotourism in post-crisis Cuba and Puerto Rico. She received a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies, GIS, and Conservation Biology from the University of Arizona. Her other academic interests include Small Island Developing States, conservation, tourism, and resiliency.