Morris Jones

Assistant Professor of Chemistry


  • B.Sc. University of South Carolina-Aiken
  • M.Sc. University of South Carolina
  • Ph.D. Georgia Institute of Technology


  • CH101 General Chemistry I Lab and Lecture
  • CH102 General Chemistry II Lab and Lecture


Dr. Jones joined the Chemistry faculty on August 25, 2019.  Dr. Jones is a Geochemist specializing in environmental chemistry related to redox cycling associated with climate change.  His teaching specialties are general and environmental chemistry.  Dr. Jones earned his doctorate in geochemistry from Georgia Institute of Technology and his Masters in organic chemistry from the University of South Carolina.  Dr. Jones is recognized in the fields of electrochemistry and synchrotron radiation spectroscopy and is a member of the Soil Science Society of America mentor executive council.



  • American Chemical Society (ACS)
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
  • American Geophysical Union (AGU)
  • American Society of Limnology and Oceanography


  • Several Outstanding Faculty Member Awards


  • Jones. M.E. LaCroix, R.E., Zeigler, J., Ying, S.C., Nico, P.S.; Keiluweit, M. (2020)Enzymes, Manganese, or Iron? Drivers of Oxidative Organic Matter Decomposition in Soils. Environmental Science & Technology 54: 14114-14123
  • LaCroix, R.; Tfaily, M.; McCreight, M.; Jones, M.E.; Spokas, L.; Keiluweit, M. (2019) - Shifting Mineral and Redox Controls on Carbon Cycling in Seasonally Flooded Soils. Biogeosciences 13: 2573-2589
  • Jones, M.E., Nico, P; Ying, S; Regier, T; Thieme, J; Keiluweit, M (2018) – Manganese-Driven Organic Carbon Oxidation at Oxic-Anoxic Interfaces. Environmental Science & Technology 52: 12349-12357
  • Bone, S. E.; Cahill, M.E.; Jones, M. E.; Fendorf, S.; Dam, W.; Davis, J.; Williams, K.; Bargar, J. R. (2017) – Oxidative uranium release from anoxic sediments under diffusion-limited conditions. Environmental Science & Technology 52:11039-11047
  • Beckler, J. S., Jones, M.E., Taillefert, M. (2015) The origin, composition, and reactivity of dissolved iron(III) complexes in coastal organic- and iron-rich sediments. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 52: 72-88
  • Massey, M.S., Lazama-Pacheco, J.S., Jones, M.E., Ilton, E.S., Cerrato, J.M., Bargar, J.R., Fendorf, S. (2014) - Competing retention pathways of uranium upon reaction with Fe(II). Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 142: 166-185.
  • Jones, M.E., Beckler, J. S., Taillefert, M. (2011) The flux of soluble organic-Fe(III) complexes from sediments represents a source of stable iron(III) to estuarine waters and to the continental shelf. Limnology and Oceanography 56: 1811-1823.
  • Jones, M.E., Fennessey, C.M., DiChristina, T.J., Taillefert, M. (2010) Shewanella oneidensis MR-1 mutants selected for their inability to produce soluble organic-Fe(III) complexes are unable to respire Fe(III) as anaerobic electron acceptor. Environmental Microbiology 12: 938-950.
  • Fennessey, C.M., Jones, M.E., Taillefert, M., DiChristina, T.J. (2010) Siderophores Are Not Involved in Fe(III) Solubilization during Anaerobic Fe(III) Respiration by Shewanella oneidensis MR-1. Applied and Environmental Microbiology 76: 2425-2432.