After completing my M.S. with Larry St. Clair, a Ph.D with Jim Cronin, and a postdoc with Lenore Fahrig, I am now a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolution at The University of Tennessee. I'd love to talk with you about your thoughts or ideas for collaboration.


Heather Bird Jackson
Bess Beetle - Odontotaenius disjunctus

Research Questions

  • How can we deal effectively with the complications presented by spatial data so that we can accurately describe the relationship between a species and its environment? This is especially important for efforts to try to predict and prevent loss of biodiversity.
  • From what distance does land use affect a population? Are there species traits that can predict this distance? How can researchers design experiments to ensure that they are measuring species-landscape relationships from the right distance? How can land managers determine the distance over which their conservation measures will be effective?
  • At what level of habitat organization (territory < neighborhood < dispersal distance < region) are environmental features exerting the strongest influence on the distribution of animals?
  • What information do animals use to determine where they will live?
  • How does the environment influence an animal's dispersal behavior?