Robert Jackson is an Earth and environmental scientist (jacksonlab.stanford.edu). At CASBS, he plans to analyze relationships of energy use with environmental, economic, and health-related outcomes, including life expectancy, infant mortality, pollution, happiness, diet, and more.
Jackson is the Douglas Provostial Professor at Stanford University. He and his lab study the many ways people affect the Earth. They are currently examining the effects of climate change and droughts on forest mortality and grassland ecosystems. They are also working to measure and reduce greenhouse gas emissions through the Global Carbon Project (globalcarbonproject.org), which Jackson chairs. Examples of new include establishing a global network of methane tower measurements at more than 60 sites worldwide and measuring and reducing methane emissions from oil and gas wells, city streets, and homes and buildings.
As an author and photographer, Jackson has published a trade book about the environment (The Earth Remains Forever, University of Texas Press, 2002), two books of children’s poems, Animal Mischief (Boyds Mills Press, 2006)and Weekend Mischief (Highlights Magazine, 2010), and recent poems in the literary journals such as Southwest Review, Cortland Review, Cold Mountain Review, Atlanta Review, and LitHub. He hopes to complete a new poetry volume about the environment during his time at CASBS. His photographs have appeared in many media outlets, including the NY Times, Washington Post, USA Today, and National Geographic News.