All about Jackson
My research is primarily focused on developing solutions for aquaculture production, ecological issues surrounding the control and/or eradication of aquatic nuisance species, and the preservation and conservation of native species and ecosystems. As a broadly trained scientist, I am able to draw on the science of many disciplines in achieving ecological solutions.
As a biologist, my research addresses immediate solutions to biological issues that are highly political and have economic implications. My research intersects the desires of the private sector, requirements of regulatory agencies, and the goals of the natural resource community. Over the last decade, the focus of my research has shifted from quantifying the direct effects of environmental pollutants on reproductive and developmental health of aquatic species, to a more holistic approach to evaluating the effects of environmental stressors on ecosystem health. My research has continued to evolve and serve both the aquaculture industry and the conservation and natural resource community through applied projects directed at the protection of ecosystem health and services from invasive species, as well as the protection of aquatic organisms from anthropogenic stressors (e.g., contaminants, sound, water management, and aquaculture related activities).
My research is also focussing on our ability to feed the world using aquatic resources. How will we manage our marine and freshwater environments with increasing population pressure and changing climate while protecting our natural resources? How can we further develop other sustainable food production technologies such as recirculating aquaculture systems and aquaponics to solve some of these pressing issues? Stay tuned for exciting developments.