Senior Fellow, Stanford Woods Institute; Michelle and Kevin Douglas Provostial Professor; Senior Fellow at the Precourt Institute for Energy
Earth, Energy, and Environmental Sciences
Climate, Ecosystem Services and Conservation, Freshwater, Other
Robert B. Jackson is Michelle and Kevin Douglas Provostial Professor and chair of the department of Earth System Science in the School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences. He studies how people affect the earth, including research on the global carbon and water cycles, biosphere/atmosphere interactions, energy use, and climate change.
Jackson’s team published the first studies examining fracking and drinking water quality and, with colleagues, mapped thousands of natural gas leaks across cities such as Boston and Washington, D.C. He is also examining the effects of climate change and droughts on forest mortality and ecosystems.
Jackson has received numerous awards. He is a Fellow in the American Geophysical Union and the Ecological Society of America and was honored at the White House with a Presidential Early Career Award in Science and Engineering. In recent years, he directed the DOE National Institute for Climate Change Research for the southeastern U.S., co-chaired the U.S. Carbon Cycle Science Plan, and is currently CHAIR of the Global Carbon Project (www.globalcarbonproject.org).
An author and photographer, Rob has published a trade book about the environment (The Earth Remains Forever, University of Texas Press) and two books of children’s poems, Animal Mischief and Weekend Mischief (Highlights Magazine and Boyds Mills Press). His photographs have appeared in many media outlets, including the NY Times, Washington Post, USA Today, US News and World Report, Nature, and National Geographic.
Selected Publications by this Author
News & Press Releases
Long-term effects of repeated fires on soils found to have significant impacts on carbon storage not previously considered in global greenhouse gas estimates.
By Sarah Derouin,
Rob Jackson comments on the idea of a plant-based diet helping combat greenhouse gas.
By Jennifer Fabiano,
Rob Jackson comments on the goals that the Paris Agreement set out to achieve against the reality of what's happening.
By Brady Dennis and Chris Mooney,
Rob Jackson comment on a recent study looking into the negative effects of BECCS.
By Chris Mooney,