'Native Voices in STEM' – Tommy Jones
This professional seminar series is presented by Indigenous Food, Energy, and Water Security and Sovereignty, a project of the National Science Foundation Research Traineeship program, and the University of Arizona Sloan Indigenous Graduate Partnership.
About the speaker:
Tommy Jones, Ph.D., is from Jones, Oklahoma, and is a citizen of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma, Naknek Village Council, and a Native shareholder of Bristol Bay Native Corporation. Prior to becoming a federal contractor to the Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs, he interned through the office's internship program at Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and at the headquarters office in Washington, D.C.
Jones received separate bachelor's degrees from Oklahoma City University in biology and Spanish. He received a master's degree in tropical conservation biology and environmental science at the University of Hawaii at Hilo and received certifications for administration and management of American Indian natural resources and Native nation building from the University of Arizona. Most recently, he received his doctorate in natural resources studies and American Indian studies at the University of Arizona. The focus of his research analyzed the relevance of Native nation building theory with regard to the development of renewable energy projects on tribal lands and the analysis of the barriers and challenges to renewable energy development on tribal lands.
There will be a networking event following the presentation.
Light refreshments will be provided.