Stephen Jackson

Federal Director, Southwest Climate Science Center, USGS

Dr. Stephen Jackson came to the SW CSC from the University of Wyoming, where he was a professor of botany and founding director of the doctoral program in ecology.

Before joining the University of Wyoming in 1995, Jackson held faculty positions at Indiana University, Idaho State University, and Northern Arizona University. He is past president of the American Quaternary Association and is on the governing board of the Ecological Society of America and the editorial boards of EcosystemsFrontiers in Ecology & Environment, and Trends in Ecology and Evolution. His own 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. 

Jackson also will be adjunct professor in the University of Arizona’s Department of Geosciences and an adjunct research professor in the University of Arizona’s School of Natural Resources and the Environment.


  • PhD, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Indiana University Bloomington, 1983