Leland Jackson

Leland Jackson

University of Calgary ,
Professor Ecology & Evolutionary Biology

Lee Jackson is an aquatic ecologist who’s research seeks to understand how the structure of communities and ecosystems affects their function, how land use determines the delivery of materials (nutrients, contaminants) to rivers, and relationships between local economies and ecological decision making. Following his PhD at McGill University where he studied the role of aquatic macrophytes on trace metal cycling in lakes, he held an NSERC PDF at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His research at UW-Madison centered on organochlorine contaminant fluxes and fisheries management, and has been used to guide policy development by the International Joint Commission for the Great Lakes. After leaving Madison, Dr. Jackson held a faculty position at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. In 1997 he moved to the University of Calgary where he is currently a Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences. He is also the Scientific Director of Advancing Canadian Wastewater Assets, a research facility designed to develop and test advanced tertiary wastewater treatment, assessed through analytical chemistry and by dosing 12 naturalized, replicate research streams. His NSERC-sponsored research examines the structuring role of rooted aquatic plants in shallow prairie lakes, and blends empirical studies with field experiments to test and develop theory. New research is focusing on understanding the potential role of wastewater treatment and receiving environments in the development, transmission, evolution and persistence of antimicrobial Resistance.

Dr. Jackson has served as a team leader for the Aquatic Ecology section of Alberta’s “Water for Life” strategy workshops, and also served on the implementation committee. Dr. Jackson regularly serves on NSF and US-EPA peer review panels and is on the editorial board of Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems. He has served as an elected researcher on the Canadian Water Network Board of Directors and as a past Board member of the Alberta Lake Management Society, including chairing their first scholarship committee.