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Michelle and Kevin Douglas Provostial Professor and Senior Fellow at the Woods Institute for the Environment and at the Precourt Institute for Energy
BioRob Jackson and his lab examine the many ways people affect the Earth. They seek basic scientific knowledge and use it to help shape policies and reduce the environmental footprint of global warming, energy extraction, and other issues. They're 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 research Rob leads include establishing a global network of methane tower measurements at more than 80 sites worldwide and measuring and reducing methane emissions from oil and gas wells, city streets, and homes and buildings.
As an author and photographer, Rob has published a trade book about the environment (The Earth Remains Forever, University of Texas Press), two books of children’s poems, Animal Mischief and Weekend Mischief (Highlights Magazine and Boyds Mills Press), and recent or forthcoming poems in the journals Southwest Review, Cortland Review, Cold Mountain Review, Atlanta Review, LitHub, and more. His photographs have appeared in many media outlets, including the NY Times, Washington Post, USA Today, US News and World Report, Science, Nature, and National Geographic News.
Rob is a recent Guggenheim Fellow and sabbatical visitor in the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences. He is also a Fellow in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Geophysical Union, and Ecological Society of America. He received a Presidential Early Career Award in Science and Engineering from the National Science Foundation, awarded at the White House.
Ph.D. Student in Earth System Science, admitted Autumn 2017
BioElizabeth (she/her) is a PhD Candidate in Earth System Science at the Doerr School of Sustainability. Her research investigates the coupled human-natural system by quantifying the effects of climate and land use on surface processes, with particular emphasis on cascading disasters. The goal of this work is to inform adaptation efforts that enhance human and ecosystem well-being, while reducing shared socioeconomic outcomes and disparities. Prior to starting her PhD, she earned an MS in Marine Science from the University of San Diego and a BS in Earth and Environmental Science from Furman University. In addition to academic research and teaching experience, she previously served as an Energy Policy Analyst in San Diego, California.
James Holland Jones
Associate Professor at the Stanford Doerr School of Sustainability, Senior Fellow at the Woods Institute for the Environment and Associate Professor, by courtesy, of Earth System Science
Current Research and Scholarly InterestsI am a biological anthropologist with primary research interests in evolutionary demography and life history theory. In addition these fundamental interests in the evolution of human life histories, I work at the intersection of disease ecology, the analysis of dynamical systems, and social network analysis. My work combines the formalisms of population biology, statistics, and social network analysis to address fundamental problems in biodemography, epidemiology, and human decision-making in variable environments.