Speaker: Dr. Jerry Jackson, Retired Professor Emeritus, FGCU
All about Dr. Jerry Jackson-
Jerome A. Jackson is Professor Emeritus of Ecological Sciences, former Whitaker Eminent Scholar in Science at Florida Gulf Coast University and Professor Emeritus at Mississippi State University.Jerry's expertise focuses on forest and coastal ecosystems and the history of ornithology.He is author/editor of 24 books and more than 300 articles in the professional and popular literature. His book, "In Search of the Ivory-billed Woodpecker" was published by Smithsonian Books in 2004 and appeared in a second edition in May 2006. More recent books include "George Miksch Sutton: Artist, Scientist, Teacher" published by University of Oklahoma Press in 2007, and "Bird Banding in North America: the First Hundred Years" published by the Nuttall Ornithological Club in 2008.
Dr. Jackson has taught biodiversity concepts at the third and fifth grade levels and at 11 universities on Sumatra and Java in Indonesia. His research and teaching have also taken him to Cuba to study Ivory-billed Woodpeckers, to the Peruvian Amazon to teach Tropical Ecology to middle school classes, and to the Canadian Arctic to teach Arctic Ecology to high school students.Jerry co hosted a weekly nature-oriented feature called "Southern Outdoors" on CBS-Television in Mississippi for 13 years, contributed to Public Television's Scientific American Frontiers series and Canadian Broadcasting's "Prairie Scapegoats," and has hosteda daily public radio feature in southwest Florida called "With the Wild Things" for the past 10 years.
Dr. Jackson has served on the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Red-cockaded Woodpecker, Ivory-billed Woodpecker, and South Florida Ecosystems Endangered Species Recovery Teams and on the national Invasive Species Advisory Committee. He has been honored by being named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Ornithologists' Union, and the Explorer's Club.He and his wife Bette, also an ornithologist and Chair of the Biological Sciences Department at Florida Gulf Coast University, live in Naples, Florida and have two sons, Brent and Matthew.