Douglas Jones is the director of the Florida Museum of Natural History. Under the direction of Jones, major environmental research is conducted through the programs at the museum. In the past year, Jones led a capital campaign that raised $2.5 million for the new Discovery Zone.
Jones believes his greatest accomplishment was creating the Butterfly Rainforest and McGuire Center for Lepidoptera at the Museum. The Butterfly Rainforest has become the leading tourist attraction in the region and the butterfly and moth scientific collections are the top in the world.
“I believe the learning that occurs in informal settings like museums, field trips, theaters and science centers is absolutely crucial in the educational development of a well-rounded society and a vital, inspirational complement to formal classroom education,” said Jones.
Jones is currently the chair of board for the American Alliance of Museums, the vice president of the Toomey Foundation for the Natural Sciences and a member of the state grant review panel of the Florida Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs.
Get to Know Doug:
What is your go-to coffee order?
Starbucks – Venti, Dark Roast, Black.
Who had the biggest impact on your life?
My parents. They were wonderful role models.