Cristina A. Jones

Board of Directors

Cristina A. Jones received her B.S. in Wildlife Science and M.S. in Wildlife Ecology from the University of Arizona. Her thesis research focused on evaluating the prevalence of Mycoplasma agassizii in wild and captive Sonoran desert tortoises in Arizona. She held the position of Turtles Project Coordinator with the Arizona Game and Fish Department from 2006 – 2021, where she led multiple inter-agency/inter-organizational working groups, and collaborated with turtle biologists and citizen scientists within Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation (PARC), Desert Tortoise Council, and the Turtle Survival Alliance Foundation to identify, coordinate, and conduct priority research and implement conservation actions for turtles in Arizona and the southwest. In 2021, she accepted a position as a Biologist with the US Fish and Wildlife Service within the Southwest Region. She serves as a Project Manager and leads Species Status Assessment Teams to gather, analyze, and report on the best available scientific information for use in making decisions on whether or not a species warrants listing protection under the Endangered Species Act.

Cristina is a co-chair and a founding member of Southwest PARC, co-founder and co-chair for the PARC Turtle Networking Team, serves on the Leadership Board for the Collaborative to Combat the Illegal Trade in Turtles, and serves on the Training Committee for the Desert Tortoise Council. Her lifelong interest in reptiles was cultivated through the numerous hiking and camping trips throughout Arizona where her parents taught her that wildlife is wondrous and worthy of study. Cristina’s professional goal is to maintain a position in wildlife conservation and management which utilizes her knowledge, leadership, organizational skills, and enthusiasm to encourage and promote innovative ideas to assure the survival of viable populations of native turtle species throughout their range.