Stephen T Jackson, Ph.D.

Dr. Stephen Jackson is the Director of the Southwest Climate Science Center (SW CSC), one of eight centers in the United States at the core of the Department of the Interior's climate change response strategy.


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, Dr. 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. 

Dr. Jackson is also an 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.