Jackson is primarily a student. His interests are deeply anchored in wildfire-atmosphere interactions and cloud-microphysics. His education has pulled him in many directions, though he has always been a meteorologist at heart.
Jackson’s academic work spans fluid dynamics, computer science, statistics, and technical writing. His most recent work includes comparative analysis of fire weather indices, case study analysis of major wildfire events from a meteorological perspective, and synoptic scale atmospheric fluid systems modeling.
Fire Weather Research
Jackson has worked as a research assistant at San Jose State University’s Fire Weather Research Laboratory for most of his time as a student at SJSU. He is deeply involved in the design and fabrication of ongoing improvements to the California State University Mobile Atmospheric Profile System (CSU-MAPS) and the San Jose State University RAWS mesonet.
He is a fire line certified wildland technical specialist with experience in doppler LiDAR remote sensing, boundary layer profiling, and on location data processing for incident response.
Ultimately, he hopes to combine his interests of wildland fire and cloud microphysics in studying the physical nature of pyrocumulus and pyrocumulonimbus clouds. Using in-situ observations and model data to better he hopes to further understanding of the physical systems at play. With the addition of a new mobile Ka-band radar to the Fire Weather Research Lab fleet, that goal is a step closer.
Photo: Craig Miller KQED
Jackson participates as an undergraduate researcher for the Diao Research Group at San Jose State University. As a member of the team, he has extensive experience in processing cloud-physics WRF model output and in-situ aircraft observations. He works hard to further knowledge of in-cloud processes with the hope to improve climate models for more accurate atmospheric predictions.
Jackson is a current member of The American Geophysical Union and American Meteorological Society. Most recently he has been studying the formation of voids within stratus clouds over the Southern Oceans. His current work is to be presented at the fall 2018 meetings of both organizations.
Whether on a research expedition or climbing expedition, Jackson always carries a camera with him to document his surroundings. Being the son of an avid photographer put a camera in his hands at a young age and left a lifelong care to take it with him where ever he goes.
Jackson has photographed climbing expeditions in both North America and Europe, wildfires in California, his friends and family at home, and street photography wherever life takes him.
His cameras of choice are his Leica M4 and Hasselblad 500c.
Jackson works to design new products to aid in atmospheric research, photography, climbing, and cyclotouring. While he used to be a professional machinist, he now is a researcher first and fabricator second.
Products that he has designed and manufactured are extremely varied and created with solely the end user in mind.
Some of these include:
- Components for the doppler LiDAR mounted to the California State University Mobile Atmospheric Profile System
- Anchoring systems for Remote Automated Weather Stations
- Tools for optical engineering
- Components for photographic lenses
- Bicycle components
- Cycling soft goods
- Furniture making
- Composites repair, molding, and manufacturing
Now an area of usual recreation for Jackson, alpinism was the root to his interest in meteorology from a young age. His experience climbing in New England grew him into the person he is today, both in his care for the outdoors as well as his interest in studying nature. In recalling the events that he considers his most formative, visiting the Mount Washington Observatory is at the top of the list.
He now has been climbing for twelve years on rock, ice, and snow and is certified as a wilderness first responder (WFR). He has climbed in both North America and Europe including countless trips in all seasons to Yosemite National Park, Joshua Tree National Park, The High Sierra, and New Hampshire’s White Mountain National Forest.
Jackson previously was a climbing guide for the Boy Scouts of America’s Daniel Webster Council where he lead climbing trips in the mountains of New Hampshire. prior to that he was a climbing instructor for the Boston Rock Gym in Woburn, Massachusetts. He now volunteers as a nordic ski patroller with Tahoe Backcountry Ski Patrol based out of Truckee, California.
It is very important to him to be able to give back to the outdoors community; he participates in wilderness search and rescue missions to do so.
Jackson has very diverse experience in many professional areas. his resume is a testament to his hard work, spending time working for government agencies, academic laboratories, as well as earning an education simultaneously.