Donald Jones received his Ph.D. in Geography (Economic) from the University of Chicago in 1974. He taught as assistant professor at the University of Chicago from 1975-1981 and as associate professor at the University of Colorado-Boulder from 1981-1982, after which he was a research staff member at Oak Ridge National Laboratory from 1983 to 2003. Since 2003, he has been a vice president at RCF Economic Consulting, Inc., in Chicago, in which he has studied the competitiveness of Generation 3 nuclear reactors and the possibilities for a transition to a hydrogen transportation economy, both for the U.S. Department of Energy. The Bush Administration adopted one of the policy possibilities for new nuclear reactors, in providing loan guarantees for the first several new projects. He has conducted analyses of other environmental issues ranging from species preservation to environmental impacts of oil field development. He has taught price theory at the University of Tennessee and currently teaches environmental economics at Loyola University of Chicago.