Ryan Jones, PhD, is a Science & Technology Policy Fellow at the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He received his PhD in evolutionary genetics from the University of Colorado and subsequently furthered his training with postdoctoral appointments in the experimental bubonic plague lab at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention and at the University of Sydney’s Institute for Agriculture. After completing his training, Ryan was a professor at Montana State University where he was the principal investigator of a microbial ecology laboratory. His interdisciplinary research transcends conventional boundaries and has focused on disease ecology, conservation biology, ecosystem services, and the evolution of microbes, plants, and animals. His research has taken him across the globe, with projects in Peru, Bolivia, Costa Rica, Mexico, Australia, Tibet, Iceland, and the United States. He has published over twenty peer-reviewed articles in prestigious science journals and has delivered invited seminars to universities and professional societies across the world. In addition to his current AAAS Fellowship, Ryan was awarded a Postdoctoral Fellowship from the American Society for Microbiology and is a National Geographic Society Explorer. Dr. Jones’ future endeavors will emphasize strengthening partnerships between academic, industry, government and non-profit sectors to enhance domestic and international research and educational opportunities.