Jon Eldon


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Curriculum Vitae


  • Ph.D., Environmental Studies, University of California-Santa Cruz, 2017
  • M.S., Tropical Conservation Biology and Environmental Science, University of Hawaii-Hilo, 2010
  • B.S., Biology, Stanford University, 2005
  • B.A., Philosophy, Stanford University, 2005


  • Intro to Environmental Science
  • Terrestrial Habitat Analysis
  • Applied Ecology
  • Soils and Soil Management


Dr. Jon Eldon worked in ecology and conservation biology before moving into more applied questions related to ecosystem management, with a focus on agricultural systems and farmer adaptation. He has conducted research in intensive production systems in the United States, as well as low-input smallholder ​systems in the South Pacific and West Africa.

Prior to joining O'Neill in 2018, he spent three years in Senegal and The Gambia, where he partnered with local and international non-government organizations to manage a large network of on-farm research trials.

Current projects include community forest management in a post-conflict zone, experimental methods in agronomic research, adaptive management options for smallholder low-input systems, and alternative production strategies for vegetables in the Midwestern United States. 

Selected Works

  • Better than best practices: Using farmer field trials to identify adaptive management options within complex agricultural systems, (with C. Shennan, P. Rapaport, T. Jansen, and S. Sidibeh), Social and technological transformation of farming systems: diverging and converging pathways. 12th European IFSA symposium, International Farming Systems Association  (July 12-15, 2016)