Thomas Jones

Agnese Nelms Haury Fellow
School of Natural Resources and the Environment

Tommy Jones is from Jones, Oklahoma, and is Aleut and Cherokee. Prior to attending the UA, he received a B.S. in biology and a B.A. in Spanish from Oklahoma City University and an M.S. in tropical conservation biology and environmental science from the University of Hawaii at Hilo. A Ph.D. student in the School of Natural Resources and the Environment, he focuses his research on natural resources studies and American Indian studies. The objective of his dissertation research is to determine the barriers that Native American Nations in Arizona and Oklahoma face in achieving renewable energy. Through this study he is evaluating the role that Native Nation building theory plays in renewable energy development and the educational and technical requirements that Native American Nations need to realize renewable energy on tribal lands. The goal of his research is to help address the need and potential for renewable energy in Indian Country.

Accepted Scholar:



Thomas R. Brown Family Foundation

College of Engineering 

College of Science Galileo Circle

Graduate College

Arizona Institute for Resilience

Agnese Nelms Haury Program in Environment & Social Justice

College of Social and Behavioral Sciences