John Jackson, Ph.D.

500 500 Stroud Water Research Center
John Jackson, Ph.D.

Senior Research Scientist

  • Principal investigator, Entomology Group.
  • Adjunct professor of entomology and wildlife ecology, University of Delaware.
  • Adjunct professor of biology, University of Pennsylvania.

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Interests and Expertise

John Jackson’s research interests span a variety of applied and basic subjects, including population and evolutionary ecology of stream insects, the role of abiotic and biotic processes in determining the structure and function of stream assemblages, energy and nutrient exchange within streams and between streams and their surrounding watersheds, and benthic monitoring and water quality assessment. Specific projects that address these research interests include studies of growth and development of aquatic insects, the influence of dispersal, population dynamics, and environmental variation on genetic structure of stream organisms, the evolutionary and ecological significance of disturbance in aquatic insect ecology, spatial and temporal variation in the distribution and abundance of stream insects, and organic matter dynamics and secondary production. These studies have been located in temperate and/or tropical streams.


  • Ph.D., entomology, University of California, Berkeley, California.
  • M.S., zoology, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona.
  • B.S., biology (Honors), University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, Indiana.

Professional Experience

  • Senior research scientist, Stroud Water Research Center, 2007–present.
  • Adjunct professor, biology, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 2001–present.
  • Adjunct Professor, entomology and wildlife ecology, University of Delaware, Newark, Delaware, 1992–present.
  • Associate research scientist, Stroud Water Research Center, 1999–2007.
  • Fulbright senior scholar at Institut für Zoologie und Limnologie, Universität Innsbruck, Austria, 1998.
  • Postdoctoral research associate, assistant curator, and associate curator, Division of Environmental Research, Stroud Water Research Center, The Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia, 1990–1999.


Activities and ecological role of adult aquatic insects in the riparian zone of streams

Jackson, J.K., and V.H. Resh. 1989. Pages 342-345 in D. Abell (editor). Proceedings of the California Riparian Systems Conference: protection, management, and restoration for the 1990’s. General Technical Report PSW-110, Pacific Southwest Forest and Range Experiment Station, Forest Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Berkeley, California.

Sequential decision plans in monitoring benthic macroinvertebrates: cost savings, classification accuracy, and development of plans

Jackson, J.K., and V.H. Resh. 1988. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 45(2):280–286.

The use of long-term ecological data and sequential decision plans in monitoring the impact of geothermal energy development on benthic macroinvertebrates

Resh, V.H., J.K. Jackson, and E.P. McElravy. 1988. Verhandlungen der Internationale Vereinigung für Theoretische und angewandte Limnologie 23:1142–1146.

Techniques for demonstrating sex pheromones in Trichoptera

Resh, V.H., J.K. Jackson, and J.R. Wood. 1987. In Bournaud M., Tachet H. (editors) Proceedings of the Fifth International Symposium on Trichoptera. Series Entomologica 39:161–164. Springer, Dordrecht.

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