Conservation Leadership Forum III - November 3-4, 2010
Instructor Biography: Stephen Jackson
Dr. Stephen Jackson studies the effects of environmental change on forests, woodlands, and wetlands. A native of southern Illinois, he studied botany and geology at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale (B.A., M.S.), and received a Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from Indiana University in 1983. He was a National Science Foundation Post-Doctoral Fellow in Environmental Biology in residence at Brown University, and has held faculty positions at Indiana University, Idaho State University, Northern Arizona University, and, most recently, the University of Wyoming, where he is Professor of Botany and Director of the Program in Ecology. He served as Vice-Chair of the National Research Council Committee on Geologic Records of Biosphere Dynamics, and is currently on editorial boards for Ecosystems and Frontiers in Ecology & Environment. He has also served on the Scientific Advisory Board of the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis and editorial boards for Ecology, Ecological Monographs, Journal of Vegetation Science, Diversity & Distributions, Wetlands, and New Phytologist. He has published more than 85 scientific papers as well as numerous editorials, book reviews, and commentaries. He is a 2006 Fellow of the Aldo Leopold Leadership Program in Environmental Sciences, and a 2009 Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
Jackson’s research employs tree-rings, fossil rodent-middens, and sediments from lakes and bogs to investigate how past climatic changes and human activities have affected species distributions, biodiversity, and ecosystem properties. His study sites range from wilderness areas in the Rocky Mountain and upper Great Lakes regions to agricultural landscapes in the Southeast and urban/industrial settings in the Midwest. Jackson is committed to exploring the management, policy, and forecasting implications of long-term records of ecological and environmental change.