Robert B. Jackson
Nicholas School of the Environment,
Division of Earth and Ocean Sciences
and Department of Biology
Box 90338 / rm 3311 French FSC
124 Science Drive
Durham, NC 27708-0338 USA
(919) 660-7408 (phone)
(919) 660-7293 (fax)
Ecology and Global Change Research
The Jackson lab examines the different ways that people affect the Earth. We do basic and applied research on carbon, water, and nutrient cycling, plant and microbial ecology, and global change. Our goal is to build predictive, scientific frameworks that help guide policy solutions for global warming and other environmental problems. We use the tools of molecular biology, biogeochemistry, and environmental sciences at sites ranging from caves in the southwestern United States to the grasslands and forests of Argentina and Uruguay.
Researchers in our lab have a wide range of interests, including microbial ecology, biogeochemistry, plant physiological ecology, ecosystem ecology, and global change.
Our field sites are as wide-ranging as our interests. Our main research sites are the FACE site in Duke Forest, where we study the effects of elevated CO2 on belowground processes in the forest ecosystem; the "tunnel" site in Temple, Texas, our continuous gradient CO2 experiment on a prairie ecosystem; and various sites in Argentina and Uruguay, where we study the effects of tree plantations on soil and water processes of the native grasslands.
Please use the links at top to learn more about the people and research in our lab and to read our publications.