Alice Jones

Richmond, KY, US
Field of Work 
Environment
Company 
EKU Environmental Research Institute/ Dept Geography
Job Title or "Student" 
Director/ Professor
Education 
Ohio State University
Degree 
City & Regional Planning
Education Level 
PhD
Profile Biography 
I now teach at Eastern Kentucky University--where my research, teaching, and personal advocacy focus on public policy and citizen participation in watershed health in the urban/rural fringe of Lexington's Bluegrass country, and in the active mountaintop removal mining coal fields or Appalachian Kentucky.

I always had a passion for the environment, but couldn't really see myself as a biologist or chemist, so I followed my passion to a career in public policy and administration. I earned a bachelor of journalism so I could be an investigative reporter, but instead followed an opportunity to study water policy in San Antonio if I pursued a master's degree in applied geography. That led me to an interest in the relationship between land use and water quality . . . and how ordinary citizens participate in -or are excluded from--the governmental, regulatory, and private decision-making process that sometimes lead to bad things happening to good ecosystems.

My other passion is community theater, where I am active both on-stage and backstage. I love how my creative/performance side helps my scientific/analytical side and vice versa! Although I am child-free by choice, I love working with young people in environmental education and service projects such as storm stenciling, environmental cleanups, tree plantings, planting rain gardens, and learning how to communicate with their local, state, and national representatives for things they care about.
Interests 
Writing/blogging, Working outdoors, Reading, Travel, Acting
Race & Ethnicity 
White
Level of Participation 
After-school visit, Field trip participation, In-school visit, Job shadow, Online role model
My Experience 
I have been a Role Model 3-4 times.
Availability 
No Preference
Resources 
Field trip hosting, Fun demonstrations or materials, Funding opportunities, Hands-on activities for students
Program Affiliation 
Other

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