Senior Fellow - Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment; Professor of Environmental Earth System Science Senior Fellow at the Precourt Institute for Energy
Environmental Earth Systems Science
Climate, Ecosystem Services and Conservation, Freshwater, Other
Robert B. Jackson is Douglas Provostial Professor in the School of Earth Sciences. He studies how people affect the earth, including research on the global carbon and water cycles, biosphere/atmosphere interactions, energy use, and climate change.
Jackson’s team published the first studies examining fracking and drinking water quality and, with colleagues, mapped thousands of natural gas leaks across cities such as Boston and Washington, D.C. He is also examining the effects of climate change and droughts on forest mortality and ecosystems.
Jackson has received numerous awards. He is a Fellow in the American Geophysical Union and the Ecological Society of America and was honored at the White House with a Presidential Early Career Award in Science and Engineering. In recent years he directed the DOE National Institute for Climate Change Research for the southeastern U.S., co-chaired the U.S. Carbon Cycle Science Plan, and is currently co-chair of the Global Carbon Project (www.globalcarbonproject.org).
An author and photographer, Rob has published a trade book about the environment (The Earth Remains Forever, University of Texas Press) and two books of children’s poems, Animal Mischief and Weekend Mischief (Highlights Magazine and Boyds Mills Press). His photographs have appeared in many media outlets, including the NY Times, Washington Post, USA Today, US News and World Report, Nature, and National Geographic.
Selected Publications by this Author
Depth Matters: Fracking and Drinking Water Contamination (PDF/687.5 KB) »
News & Press Releases
Faulty, shallow wells can leak oil and natural gas into underground drinking-water supplies, Stanford Professor Rob Jackson finds.
By Mark Shwartz,
Senior Fellow Rob Jackson (earth system science) co-authors a blog on the latest newly discovered species.
By Rob Jackson,
Senior Fellow Rob Jackson (earth system science) discusses the environmental impact of the Aliso Canyon gas leak.
By Kelly McEvers,
Senior Fellow Rob Jackson (earth system science) explains how "plugged" gas wells can still leak methane at various levels.
By Stephanie Joyce,