Dr. Jones in the field with her daughter

Meet Dr. Holly Jones and learn about her journey as a woman in STEM!

Holly studied marine biology and ecology and evolution at the University of California, Santa Cruz as an undergraduate. Fun fact: UC Santa Cruz doesn’t care much about sports so their mascot is the banana slug. She studied island restoration following mammal eradication on New Zealand islands through Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies for her Ph.D. Currently, she is an Assistant Professor joint-appointed to the Department of Biological Sciences and Institute for the Study of the Environment, Sustainability, and Energy at Northern Illinois University. Her best day in science was banding once-thought-extinct New Zealand storm-petrels on Hauturu-o-Toi island. One of her worst was when she fell in the Bering Sea while working in the Aleutians. She has two daughters, and balancing a life in science with life at home is very important to her.