Associate Director, Agroecology and Climate
Louise Jackson is an emeritus Professor and Cooperative Extension Specialist at the University of California at Davis where she held the John B. Orr Endowed Chair of Environmental Plant Sciences in the Department of Land, Air, and Water Resources at UC Davis.
She studied soil and root ecology in agricultural and grassland ecosystems and more broadly landscape-level ecology, e.g., comparison between soils and vegetation along land use gradients. She is an author of over 100 published studies in these areas. She has a strong interest in the role of biodiversity in agricultural systems and the potential for working-landscapes to play a role in the restoration and conservation of native plants and animals. Dr. Jackson serves as co-chair of DIVERSITAS agroBIODIVERSITY Network Science Committee and is a board member of the International Centre for Research in Organic Food Systems.
She is a fourth-generation native Californian and attended UC Santa Cruz for her undergraduate studies. She completed her PhD at the University of Washington.