Tyler Jones

Tyler Jones

Research Associate


  • PhD, Biogeochemistry: University of Colorado, 2015
  • MS, Environmental Studies: University of Colorado, 2010
  • BS, Civil Engineering - Hydrology: University of Colorado, 2006

Contact Information

(Office) 303 492-4606


Polar ice cores, Abrupt climate change, Isotope geochemistry, Atmosphere / ocean / ice sheet interactions, Glaciological Modeling, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, Methane in Permafrost (new pursuit), Outreach

Research Interests

In ice core science, we utilize new laser-based technologies to recover high-resolution climate records. My focus is the measurement of water isotopes, a proxy for past temperature. Along with an incredible international team, we have recently recovered and analyzed 4 deep ice cores: WAIS Divide (West Antarctica), South Pole (East Antarctica), EGRIP (northeast Greenland), and Renland (an east Greenland coastal ice cap).

In partnership with local start-up Blackswift, we are also developing fixed-wing Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) for isotopic sampling (water, methane) of the atmosphere. Initially, we plan to study the changing hydrologic cycle in Greenland and methane emissions from permafrost. The technology is transferrable to other disciplines, like volcanology or forest ecology.


Please find my full CV here: https://sites.google.com/a/colorado.edu/climate-science/




Kahle, E. C., Steig, E. J., Tyler Jones, Fudge, T. J., Koutnik, M. R., Valerie MorrisBruce H. Vaughn, Schauer, A. J., Stevens, M. C., Conway, H., Waddington, E. D., Buizert, C., Epifanio, J., James W. C. White 2020: Reconstruction of temperature, accumulation rate, and layer thinning from an ice core at South Pole, using a statistical inverse method. Journal of Geophysical Research—Atmospheres, preprint. DOI: 10.1002/essoar.10503447.1

Madsen, M. V., Steen-Larsen, H. C., Hoerhold, M., Box, J., Berben, S. M. P., Capron, E., Faber, A.-K., Hubbard, A., Jensen, M. F., Tyler Jones, Kipfstuhl, S., Koldtoft, I., Pillar, H. R., Bruce H. Vaughn, Vladimirova, D., Dahl-Jensen, D. 2019: Evidence of isotopic fractionation during vapor exchange between the atmosphere and the snow surface in Greenland. Journal of Geophysical Research—Atmospheres, 124(6): 2932-2945. DOI: 10.1029/2018JD029619

Kahle, E. C., Holme, C., Tyler Jones, Gkinis, V., Steig, E. J. 2018: A generalized approach to estimating diffusion length of stable water isotopes from ice-core data. Journal of Geophysical Research—Earth Surface, 123(10): 2377-2391. DOI: 10.1029/2018JF004764

Tyler Jones, Roberts, W. H. G., Steig, E. J., Cuffey, K. M., Markle, B. R., James W. C. White 2018: Southern Hemisphere climate variability forced by Northern Hemisphere ice-sheet topography. Nature, 554: 351-355. DOI: 10.1038/nature24669

Markle, B. R., Steig, E. J., Buizert, C., Schoenemann, S. W., Bitz, C. M., Fudge, T. J., Pedro, J. B., Ding, Q., Tyler JonesJames W. C. White, Sowers, T. 2017: Global atmospheric teleconnections during Dansgaard–Oeschger events. Nature Geoscience, 10: 36-40. DOI: 10.1038/ngeo2848

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