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Laura Jackson, Ph.D.

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Laura Jackson is a Research Biologist with the U.S. EPA’s Office of Research and Development in Durham, North Carolina. Her current work involves linking natural and built infrastructure to human health and well-being at multiple spatial scales, in order to develop interpretive maps and analytical tools for an interactive, web-based Atlas. Past research includes ecological indicator development, environmental monitoring and assessment, and landscape change analysis. Her record demonstrates a facility for cross-disciplinary synthesis; recent publications have appeared in ecology, epidemiology, and urban planning journals, and medical and remote-sensing textbooks. Dr. Jackson has developed and led research, and performed research management and strategic planning for the U.S. EPA since 1990. She received her undergraduate degree from Bryn Mawr College, a Master of Environmental Management from Duke University’s School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, and a Ph.D. in Ecology at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.

Topic(s)PresentationAudienceDurationAvailability
- Biology
- Environment
Development and Urban EcologyGrades 6-8, Grades 9-12, College30-45 minutesDay (after 10a.m.) and Evening
- Biology
- Environment
Songbirds as indicators of landscape ecological conditionGrades 6-8, Grades 9-12, College, Community30-45 minutesDay (after 10a.m.) and Evening
- Biology
- Environment
- Health
The effects of the built environment on human healthGrades 6-8, Grades 9-12, College, Community30-45 minutesDay (after 10a.m.) and Evening
- Biology
- Environment
Environmental monitoring to assess ecological condition (EMAP)Grades 6-8, Grades 9-12, College, Community30-45 minutesDay (after 10a.m.) and Evening
- Biology
- Environment
The relationship of Lyme disease to suburban sprawlGrades 6-8, Grades 9-12, College, Community30-45 minutesDay (after 10a.m.) and Evening
- Biology
- Environment
Choosing and Evaluating Ecological Indicators to Measure Environmental Condition.Grades 6-8, Grades 9-12, College, Community30-90 minutesDay (after 10a.m.) and Evening
- Biology
- Environment
- Health
The effects of the built environment on both human and ecological healthGrades 6-8, Grades 9-12, College, Community30-60 minutesDay (after 10a.m.) and Evening
- Environment
- Environmental Science
- Sustainability
Ecosystem Services/Green InfrastructureGrades 6-8, Grades 9-12, College, Community30 - 60 minutesDaytime, Evening
- Environment
- Health
- Sustainability
EPA’s “EnviroAtlas” online mapping toolGrades 9-12, College, Community30 - 30 minutesDaytime, Evening
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