Chair, Department of Earth System Science
The Jackson lab examines the different ways that people affect the Earth. It seeks to produce the building blocks of basic scientific knowledge and to use that knowledge to guide policy solutions for global warming, energy extraction and other environmental issues. It is examining the effects of climate change and droughts on forest mortality and grassland ecosystems. Recently it's also published the first studies looking at fracking and drinking water quality and mapped thousands of natural gas leaks across cities such as Boston and Washington, D.C.
An an author and photographer, Rob Jackson has published a trade book about the environment ("The Earth Remains Forever," University of Texas Press), two books of children’s poems, "Animal Mischief" and "Weekend Mischief" (Highlights Magazine and Boyds Mills Press), and recent or forthcoming poems in the journals Southwest Review, Boston Literary Magazine, Avocet, and Light. His photographs have appeared in many media outlets, including the New York Times, Washington Post, USA Today, US News and World Report, Nature and National Geographic News.