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Dr. Andrew Jackson

Associate Professor (Zoology)
ZOOLOGY BUILDING


My background is in zoology and ecology although I have always been interested in science more generally. My research interests lie in understanding ecological systems or processes from an evolutionary perspective which I tend to approach using computational / mathematical models. Traditionally, ecology is the study of the interactions between living organisms and their environment. During my Phd I focused on understanding interactions between individual animals living in close proximity which are determined by their behavioural rules. These rules are functions both of an individual's genotype and the local physical/ chemical/ biological environment. I am currently working on a diverse range of systems including vulture foraging, anti-predator behaviour in bird flocks and generating new statistical models for re-constructing food-webs.
  Animal Behaviour   Behavioural and evolutionary ecology   Bioengineering   Biological Modeling   Biomechanics, Biomedical Engineering   Cognitive Development/Processes   Comparative/Animal Psychology   COMPUTER MODELING AND SIMULATION   Computer Modelling   COMPUTER SIMULATION   COMPUTER SIMULATIONS   Developmental biology   Ecological Modelling   Ecology   ECOSYSTEM   ECOSYSTEMS   Evolution   Evolutionary Biology   Mathematical Modelling   Morphology   Population Biology   Theoretical Ecology   THEORY & MODELLING   Zoology
 Linking ecological processes to community patterns using stable isotopes
 How Conflict and Cooperation Shape the Evolution of Social Behaviour: From Individual Interactions to Group Structure
 The evolution and maintenance of cooperative behaviour
 The Ecological Implications of Context Dependent Aggression in Urban Environments
 Individual and Group Aggressive Behaviour in Social Organisms

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Details Date From Date To
British Ecology Society member 2006 Present
Irish Ecological Association member 2015 Present
Stock,Brian C, Jackson,Andrew L, Ward,Eric J, Parnell,Andrew C, Phillips,Donald L, Semmens,Brice X, Analyzing mixing systems using a new generation of Bayesian tracer mixing models, PeerJ, 6, 2018, pe5096-, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI  URL
Claudio Quezada-Romegialli, Andrew L. Jackson, Brian Hayden, Kimmo K. Kahilainen, Christelle Lopes, Chris Harrod, Nick Golding, tRophicPosition , an r package for the Bayesian estimation of trophic position from consumer stable isotope ratios, Methods in Ecology and Evolution, 2018, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Sheppard, C. E., Inger, R., McDonald, R. A., Barker, S., Jackson, A. L., Thompson, F. J., Vitikainen, E. I. K., Cant, M. A., Marshall, H. H., Intragroup competition predicts individual foraging specialisation in a group-living mammal, Ecology Letters, 21, (5), 2018, p665-673 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Healy, K., Guillerme, T., Kelly, S. B. A., Inger, R., Bearhop, S., Jackson, A. L., SIDER: an R package for predicting trophic discrimination factors of consumers based on their ecology and phylogenetic relatedness, Ecography, 41, (8), 2018, p1393-1400 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Donohue, I., Petchey, O.L., Kéfi, S., Génin, A., Jackson, A.L., Yang, Q. & O'Connor, N.E., Loss of predator species, not intermediate consumers, triggers rapid and dramatic extinction cascades, Global Change Biology, 23, 2017, p2962 - 2972, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI  URL
Adam Kane, Kevin Healy, Thomas Guillerme, Graeme D. Ruxton, Andrew L. Jackson, A recipe for scavenging in vertebrates - the natural history of a behaviour, Ecography, 40, (2), 2017, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Abaigeal D. Jackson, Andrew L. Jackson, Godfrey Fletcher, Gerardine Doyle, Mary Harrington, Shijun Zhou, Fiona Cullinane, Charles Gallagher, Edward McKone, Estimating Direct Cost of Cystic Fibrosis Care Using Irish Registry Healthcare Resource Utilisation Data, 2008"2012, PharmacoEconomics, 35, (10), 2017, p1087--1101 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Kane, Adam, Healy, Kevin, Ruxton, Graeme D., Jackson, Andrew L., Body Size as a Driver of Scavenging in Theropod Dinosaurs, The American Naturalist, 187, (6), 2016, p706-716 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Kane, A., Jackson A.L., Monadjem, A., Colomer, M. A. & Margalida, A., Are vulture restaurants needed to sustain the densest breeding population of the African White-backed Vulture?, Animal Conservation, 12, (3), 2015, p279 - 286, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Silk, M.J., Croft, D.P., Jackson, A.L. & Bearhop, S. 2015., The consequences of unidentifiable individuals for the analysis of an animal social network, Animal Behaviour, 104, 2015, p1 - 11, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
  

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Jackson, A.L. & Parnell, A.C., 'SIBER', CRAN and GitHub, 2015, -, Notes: [Methodology published in Jackson, A.L., Parnell, A.C., Inger R., & Bearhop, S. 2011. Comparing isotopic niche widths among and within communities: SIBER - Stable Isotope Bayesian Ellipses in R. Journal of Animal Ecology, 80, 595-602 doi], Software, PUBLISHED
Parnell, A.C. & Jackson, A.L., siar: Stable Isotope Analysis in R, 2009, -, Notes: [Although not directly subject to peer-review, the underlying methodology was peer-reviewed in the associated papers: Jackson, A.L., Inger, R., Bearhop, S. & Parnell, A. 2009. Erroneous behaviour of MixSIR, a recently published Bayesian isotope mixing model: a discussion of Moore & Semmens, Ecology Letters, 2008. Ecology Letters, 12, E1-E5. Parnell, A.C., Inger R., Bearhop, S. & Jackson, A.L. 2010. Source partitioning using stable isotopes: coping with too much variation. PLoS ONE, 5(3), e9672. Jackson, A.L., Parnell, A.C., Inger R., & Bearhop, S. 2011. Comparing isotopic niche widths among and within communities: SIBER - Stable Isotope Bayesian Ellipses in R. Journal of Animal Ecology, 80, 595-602. Parnell, A.C., Phillips, D.L., Bearhop, S., Semmens, B.X., Ward, E.J., Moore, J.W., Jackson, A.L. & Inger, R. 2013. Bayesian stable isotope mixing models. Environmetrics, 24(6), 387-399. ], Software, PUBLISHED

  

Award Date
Fulbright Scholarship June 2017
Research Scholarship (PhD) - University of Glasgow 2002-2005
MacRobertson Travel Scholarship - University of Glasgow / University of Strathclyde Sept 2004
My research interests lie in understanding ecological systems or processes from an evolutionary perspective which I tend to approach using computational / mathematical models. Traditionally, ecology is the study of the interactions between living organisms and their environment. During my Phd I focused on understanding interactions between individual animals living in close proximity which are determined by their behavioural rules. These rules are functions both of an individual's genotype and the local physical/ chemical/ biological environment. I am currently working on similar ecological processes but on a smaller scale, where the tissues and cells of the skeletal system replace the whole animals in my previous work.