Interim Director of the Marine and Coastal Ecosystem Research Centre
Marine and Coastal restoration is a multidisciplinary endeavour, requiring input from environment and ecology, toxicology, chemistry, hydrology, atmospheric science, engineering, policy and social science. Research within the cluster ranges from understanding threats and impacts, to ecophysiology of target species to broad-scale spatial modelling, providing best-practice solutions for mitigating and resolving coastal environmental problems.
My research interests include:
Seagrass dynamics: landscape ecology, patch dynamics, restoration and faunal habitat modelling;
Marine conservation management: vulnerability mapping (recovery and resistance), marine protected area (network design, assessing ecological coherence of MPA networks, stakeholder involvement)
Ecosystem services: evaluation, relationships with biodiversity and ecosystem function, interactions and cost benefit analysis (in collaboration)
Marine Protected Areas and Reserves: establishment, performance assessment and efficacy;
Marine community ecology: fractal patterns, landscape ecology, human impacts, metapopulation ecology; and
Marine angiosperm, invertebrate and vertebrate taxonomy.
Currently I am researching the construction of a science based framework for seagrass restoration in Central Queensland.
Marine Institute, Plymouth University, UK 2002-2012
Total Wild clip: Seagrass versus Zombies
(start time 15:10 mins)
Postgraduate student supervision:PhD students
1998 – 2003 PhD The importance of seagrass beds as a habitat for fishery species around Jersey, English Channel. University of Plymouth, UK.
1997 – 1998 MSc (Distinction) in Marine Resource Development and Protection. Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh. Thesis on modelling the distribution and value of seagrass in the Orkney Isles.
1993 – 1997 BSc (Hons) in Marine Biology (2:1), University of Stirling, Scotland.
Current Appointment and Employment History
Jan 2013-ongoing Research Fellow in seagrass landscape ecology, Central Queensland University
July 2011 – December 2012 Associate Fellow of the Marine Biological Association of the UK (0.6 FTE) and postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Plymouth, UK. FP7 funded KnowSeas Project (The Knowledge-based Sustainable Management for Europe's Seas)(0.4 FTE).
April 2011 – July 2011 Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Plymouth, UK. FP7 funded KnowSeas Project (The Knowledge-based Sustainable Management for Europe's Seas) (0.4 FTE)
Sept 2010 – April 2011 Maternity Leave
May 2009 – Sept 2010 Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Plymouth, UK. FP7 funded KnowSeas Project (The Knowledge-based Sustainable Management for Europe's Seas) (0.4 FTE), and Biodiversity and Conservation Science Programme Manager, MBA (0.6 FTE)
Jan 2008 – May 2009 Biodiversity and Conservation Science Programme Manager, MBA (0.6 FTE)
April 2007 – Jan 2008 Maternity Leave
April 2004 – April 2007 Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Landscape Ecology, University of Plymouth, UK. EU FP6 funded ELME project (European Lifestyles and Marine Ecosystems). Full time.
Other Skills and Qualifications
2012 Invited expert in Marine Protected Areas and Ecosystem Services for the UK Valuing Nature Network coastal and marine group.
2012 Invited expert to provide advice to the UK Seafish Authority on cuttlefish for a fisheries ecological risk assessment.
2011 Elected as Associate Fellow of the Marine Biological Association of the UK.
2011 Convener and expert presenter– monitoring seagrass quality and change. Scapa Flow Landscape Partnership. Short Course, July 2011.
2011 Invited speaker at the Biodiversity, ecosystems and uses of the marine environment: what knowledge is needed for the integrated management of the Normano-Breton Gulf 2-3 November 2011, St. Malo, France.
2010 Invited speaker at the DefiManche CHANNEL PROGRAM March 30-31st 2010, Rouen.
2009 Invited speaker at “A Changing Climate for Maritime Biodiversity: linking science to practice”, 5th November 2009, Met Office, Exeter.
2008 Elected scientific advisor for the Finding Sanctuary Steering Group and Finding Sanctuary Marine Conservation Zone Stakeholder group.
2008 Invited speaker at the Natural England Seagrass workshop, 22nd May, 2008. Natural England Offices, Exeter.2004 Joint convenor of special session on Seagrass Landscape Ecology ECSA-ERF Conference, Ballina, Australia, June 20-24 2004.
Editorial Reviews and Peer reviews
Reviews for Journals
• Aquatic Botany
• Austral Ecology
• Biological Conservation
• Biologia Marina Mediterranea
• Botanica Marina
• Bulletin of Marine Science
• Estuaries and Coasts
• Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science
• ICES Journal of Marine Science
• Marine Biology
• Marine Ecology Progress Series
• Marine Pollution Bulletin
Examined University Thesis, Dissertations, Confirmations
• Plymouth University
Peer Review for Government and Non-government Agencies
• Department of the Environment Fisheries and Rural Affairs (UK)
• Natural England (UK)
• Natural Environmental Research Council (UK)
• Maryland Sea Grant, NOAA (USA)
• National Science Foundation (USA)
Luisetti, T. and Jackson, E.L. (2014). Blue Carbon Case study. In: Dickie, I.,
Cryle, P. & Maskell, L. (2014) UK National Ecosystem Assessment Follow-on.
Work Package Report 1: Developing the evidence base for a Natural Capital Asset
Check: What characteristics should we understand in order to improve
environmental appraisal and natural income accounts? UNEP-WCMC, LWEC, UK.
Foster, N. L., Sciberras, M., Jackson,
E. L., Ponge, B., Toison, V., Carrier, S., Christiansen, S., Lemasson, A.,
Wort, E. and Attrill, M. (2014). Assessing the Ecological Coherence of the
Channel MPA Network. Report prepared by the Marine Institute for the Protected Area
Network Across the Channel Ecosystem (PANACHE) project. INTERREG programme
France (Channel) England funded project, 156 pp
Thomson, M. & Jackson, E.L.,
with Kalkonen, J. (2014). Seagrass (Zostera)
beds in Orkney. Scottish Natural Heritage Commissioned Report No. 765.
d’Avack, E.A.S., Tillin, H., Jackson, E.L. and Tyler-Walters, H. (2014). Assessing the sensitivity of seagrass bed biotopes to pressures associated with marine activities. JNCC Report no. 505. Peterborough, Joint Nature Conservation Committee.
Sciberras, M., Rodriguez-Rodriguez, D., Ponge, B., Jackson, E., (2013). Criteria for assessing ecological coherence of MPA networks: A review. Report prepared by the Marine Institute and the Agence des Marines Protegees for the Protected Area Network Across the Channel Ecosystem (PANACHE) project. INTERREG programme France (Channel) – England (2007 – 2013) funded project, p. 48.
Jackson, E.L., Griffiths, C.A., Collins, K., Durkin, O., (2013). An assessment of anthropogenic impact on marine angiosperm habitat, Natural England and MMO, Peterborough, UK. NECR111. http://publications.naturalengland.org.uk/publication/3665058
Jackson, E.L., Langmead, O., Beaumont, N., Potts, T. and
Hattam, C. (2012). Seagrass Ecosystem Interactions with Social and Economic
Systems. Commissioned Report for Defra, UK.
Bloor, I., Jackson, E.L. (2012). Fisheries ecological risk assessment: Cephalopods and their spawning habitats. Unpublished Report for the Seafish Authority.
Fletcher, S., Rees, S., Gall, S. Jackson, E.L, Friedrich, L., and Rodwell, L. (2012) Securing the benefits of the Marine Conservation Zone Network. A report to The Wildlife Trusts by the Centre for Marine and Coastal Policy Research, Plymouth University.
Attrill, M.J., Bayley, D.T.I., Gall, S.C., Hattam, C., Jackson, E.L., Langmead, O., Mangi, S., Marshall, C., Munro, C., Rees, S., Rodwell, L., Sheehan, E.V., Stevens, T.F., Strong. S., 2011. Lyme Bay – a case-study: measuring recovery of benthic species; assessing potential “spillover” effects and socio-economic changes, Final Report, February 2011. Report to the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs from the University of Plymouth-led consortium. Plymouth: University of Plymouth Enterprise Ltd.
Jackson, E.L., Higgs, S., Allsop, T., Cathray, A., Evans, J. and Langmead, O., 2011. Isles of Scilly Seagrass Mapping. Natural England Commissioned Report Number 087.
Jackson, E.L., Langmead, O., Evans, J., Wilkes, P., Seeley, B.,
Lear D. and Tyler-Walters, H. (2010). Mapping Marine Benthic Biodiversity
in Wales. CCW Contract Science Reports Report No: 913, 88pp, Countryside Council
for Wales, Bangor.
E.L., Langmead, O., Evans, J.,
Wilkes, P., Seeley, B., Lear D. and Tyler-Walters, H. 2010. Mapping Marine Benthic Biodiversity in Wales. CCW Contract Science
Reports Report No: 913, 88pp, Countryside Council for Wales, Bangor.
Langmead, O., Jackson, E.L., Griffiths, C., Wilkes, P., Neilly, M., Lear, D.,
Luckraft, I., Foggo, A., Tyler-Walters, H., 2010. Accessing and developing the required biophysical datasets and data
layers for Marine Protected Areas network planning and wider marine spatial
planning purposes Report No. 20, Task 2F.UK marine benthic diversity layer.
Report to the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs from the Marine
Life Information Network (MarLIN) Plymouth: Marine Biological Association of
the UK, subcontracted by ABPmer, Southampton. Defra Contract No. MB0102 Task
2F, Report No. 20.
Jackson, E.L., Langmead, O., McQuatters-Gollop, A., Miller, P., Fox, C., Hiscock, K., Tyler-Walters, H., Saunders, J., 2009. Marine Biodiversity Hotspots. Report to the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs from the Marine Life Information Network (MarLIN) Plymouth: Marine Biological Association of the UK, subcontracted by ABPMer, Southampton. Defra Contract No. MB102 Task 2F, Report No. 2.
C., Jackson, E.L., Langmead,
O.,Hiscock, K., Evans, J., Sewell, J., Oakley, J., Tyler-Walters, H. (2009).
Marine Health Check Update 2009. Flagship Species Revisited. Godalming, WWF-UK.
Jackson, E.L., Langmead, O., Evans, J., Ellis, R. & Tyler-Walters, H. 2008.Protecting nationally important marine Biodiversity in Wales. Report to the Wales Environment Link from the Marine Life Information Network (MarLIN). Plymouth: Marine Biological Association of the UK.
Jackson, E.L., Langmead, O., Barnes, M., Tyler-Walters, H. & Hiscock, K., 2008. Identification of indicator species to represent the full range of benthic life history strategies for Lyme Bay and the consideration of the wider application for monitoring of Marine Protected Areas. Report to the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs from the Marine Life Information Network (MarLIN). Plymouth: Marine Biological Association of the UK.
Langmead, O., Jackson, E.L., Lear, D., Evans, J., Seeley, B. Ellis, R., Mieszkowska, N. and Tyler-Walters, H. (2008). The Review of Biodiversity for Marine Spatial Planning within the Firth of Clyde. Report to the SSMEI Clyde Pilot from the Marine Life Information Network (MarLIN). Plymouth: Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom. [Contract number R70073PUR]
Hiscock, K., Evans, J., Seeley, B. & Lear, D. (2008). Investigating the
existing coverage and subsequent gaps in protection and providing guidance on
representativity and replication for a coherent network of Marine Protected
Areas in England's territorial waters. Plymouth: Marine Life Information
Network (MarLIN), Marine Biological Association of the UK. Natural England
Commissioned Reports, Number 018.
R.A. (ed.), Jackson, E.L. &
Cole, H. 2007. Mapping eelgrass Zostera marina beds within Plymouth Sound and
Estuaries SAC. Report to Natural England by Sea-Scope, Marine Environmental
Rhodes, B., Jackson, E.L., Moore, R., Foggo, A. Frost, M., 2006. The impact of swinging boat moorings on Zostera marina beds and associated infaunal macroinvertebrate communities in Salcombe, Devon, UK. Report to Natural England. pp58.
I am currently accredited for supervision in the following:
At the level of Principal Supervisor
Ecology - Marine and Estuarine Ecology (incl. Marine Ichthyology)
Plant Biology - Plant Developmental and Reproductive Biology
Ecological Applications - Ecological Impacts of Climate Change
Ecological Applications - Ecosystem Function
Ecological Applications - Landscape Ecology