University of Montana Flight Lab
Flight Laboratory
                                     
 

The Tower of Power          

 
CURRICULUM VITAE
 
Brandon Edward Jackson
 

Division of Biological Sciences

The University of Montana
Missoula, MT 59812
 
Phone: (406) 243-6834

Fax: (406) 243-4184

 
Education:
 

Ph.D. 2009 (Organismal Biology and Ecology) University of Montana, Missoula, MT. (Kenneth P. Dial, advisor)
M.S. 2003 (Organismal Biology and Ecology) University of Montana, Missoula, MT.   (Jack Stanford, advisor)
B.A. 1999 (Biology) Colgate University, Hamilton, NY .
 
Academic Positions

2010-present    University of Montana, Postdoctoral Research Scholar

2003-09           University of Montana, Research assistant: Flight Laboratory

2003-06           University of Montana, Teaching assistant: Vertebrate Design and Evolution

2005                 University of Montana, Teaching assistant: Ornithology

2003-04           University of Montana, Teaching assistant: Ecology

2002                University of Montana, Teaching assistant: Biology of Life
2001-03           University of Montana, Research assistant: Flathead Lake Biological Station
1999-2001       The Harvey School, Secondary School Teacher: Biology, Field Ecology, AP Biology, Physics, Algebra
2000                Teton Science School, Research Assistant
1999                University of Montana, Flathead Lake Biological Station, Teaching assistant: Field Ecology, Ecology of  Mammals
1999                Colgate University, Teaching assistant: Vertebrate Zoology
1998-99          Colgate University, Green Earth Gang, Primary School Instructor
 

Awards: 

Bertha Morton Scholarship for Outstanding Graduate Students, University of Montana (2008)

Papers

Dial, K.P., Jackson, B.E., Segre, P. (2008) A fundamental avian wing-stroke provides a new perspective on the evolution of flight.  Nature 451, 985-989. pdf

Jackson, B.E., Segre, P., Dial, K.P. (2009) Precocial development of locomotor performance in a ground-dwelling bird (Alectoris chukar): negotiating a three-dimensional terrestrial environment. Proc. Roy. Soc. B. 276, 3457-3466.  doi: 10.1098/rspb.2009.0794 pdf

Dial, K.P., Jackson, B.E. (2010) When hatchlings outperform adults: locomotor development in Australian brush turkeys (Alectura lathami, Galliformes). Proc. Roy. Soc. B. http://rspb.royalsocietypublishing.org/content/early/2010/11/01/rspb.2010.1984.short?rss=1.  

Jackson, B.E., Dial, K.P. (2011) Scaling of mechanical power output during burst escape flight in the Corvidae. J Exp Biol 214, 452-461.

Tobalske, B.W., Warrick, D.R., Jackson, B.E., Dial, K.P. (in press). “Morphological and Behavioral Correlates of Flapping Flight” in Living Dinosaurs: The Evolutionary History of Modern Birds (Dyke, G. & Kaiser, G. eds.). Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK.

Jackson, B.E., Tobalske, B.W., Dial, K.P. (2011 in press). Pectoralis contractile activity during WAIR and flight in pigeons. J. Exp. Biol.

Bundle, M.W., Dial, K.P., Jackson, B.E. (in prep) Efficiency of avian flight muscle.

Jackson, B.E. (in prep) Allometry of burst locomotor performance and mechanics of vertical escape flight among passeriformes.

Jackson, B.E., Dial, K.P. (in prep) Matters of relative size in predator-prey interactions and the consequences for community structure.

Published Abstracts

Jackson, B.E., Dial, K.P. (2006)  Allometry of avian flight performance: contribution of legs and wings during maximal burst takeoff and vertical flight.  Int. Comp. Biol.45, 1019.

Jackson, B.E. and K.P. Dial (2007) Scaling theory and locomotor performance: the most speciose clade of birds fails to conform.  Int. Comp. Biol. 46, A68.

Jackson, B.E. (2008) Allometry of maximal muscular power output in corvids.  Int. Comp. Biol. 47, e56.

Jackson, B.E. (2009) Ontogeny of locomotor performance in a ground bird, Int. Comp. Biol., 49, e84.

Jackson, B.E. (2010) Scaling of escape flight performance, power output, and muscle function in perching birds, Int. Comp. Biol. 50, e81.

Heers, A.M., Baier, D.B., Jackson, B.E., Dial, K.P. (2011 in press). Developing skeletons in motion: the ontogeny of skeletal form and function in a precocial ground bird (Alectoris chukar). Int. Comp. Biol.

Jackson, B.E., Tobalske, B.W., Dial, K.P. (2011 in press) Pectoralis contractile activity during WAIR and flight in pigeons. Int. Comp. Biol.

Presentations

Invited speaker:

2008, An inside look at how birds fly. Conference for American Association for Laboratory Animal Science, Polson, MT

Scientific Meetings:

2005, Allometry of burst flight performance in passerines. 123rd Meeting of the American Ornithologist’s Union, Santa Barbara, CA

2006, Allometry of avian flight performance: contribution of legs and wings during maximal burst takeoff and vertical flight. Annual Meeting of the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology, Orlando, FL

2006, Allometry of avian flight performance: consequences of body size. Annual Meeting of the Animal Behavior Society, Snowbird, UT

2007, Scaling theory and locomotor performance: the most speciose clade of birds fails to conform. Annual Meeting of the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology, Phoenix, AZ

2008, Allometry of maximal muscular power output in corvids.  Annual Meeting of the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology, San Antonio, TX

2008, Allometry of flight performance and muscle function in passerines.  126th Stated Meeting of the American Ornithologists' Union, Portland, OR

2009, Ontogeny of locomotor performance in a ground bird.  Annual Meeting of the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology, Boston, MA

2010, Allometry of flight performance.  Annual Meeting of the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology, Seattle, WA

2011, Pectoralis contractile activity during WAIR and flight in pigeons. Annual Meeting of the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology, Salt Lake City, UT

Service

Academic:

2007, Discussion leader, Division of Biological Sciences TA workshop

2008, Graduate student representative: Faculty search committee for Functional Morphologist,

2009, Reviewer for Proceedings of the Royal Society B, Journal of Experimental Biology

2010, Reviewer for Journal of Experimental Biology, Journal of Biomechanics

Community:

2010-present, Member, Board of Directors for Missoula Urban Demonstration Project (MUD)

 

Professional Societies

Sigma Xi (2008)

American Association for the Advancement of Science (2006)

Animal Behavior Society (2006)

American Ornithologist Union (2005)

Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology (2003)

Media Coverage

2011      -Coverage of Jackson and Dial (2011): Knight, K. (2011). Inside JEB: Bird muscle power not limited solely by wingbeat frequency. J. Exp. Biol. 214, ii.

              -Lab coverage: New York Times (Jan. 3, 2011): “Flying Machines, Amazing at Any Angle”

2010   - Coverage of Dial and Jackson (2011): Science Friday, NPR, AP (wire)

              - Lab coverage: www.nsf.gov Science Nation, Mother Nature Network

2008    - Coverage of Dial et al. (2008): BBC, National Geographic, AFP (wire), London Telegraph, The University of Montana News

              - Featured on History Channel’s Evolve (episode: Flight) series

2005    - Coverage of Dissertation research: KPAX News (CBS, Missoula, MT) “Into the Great Outdoors” segment

Research Areas
2003-present:   Flightlab, University of Montana: I am interested in quantifiying behavioral and ecological implications of biophysical constraints; especially how aspects of allometry (body size correlations), and morphological and physiological constraints manifest as behavioral and ecological trends.  This research, like most at the Flightlab, has two prongs, an intense laboratory experimental phase (e.g. measuring bird flight performance), and a "field" phase (e.g. quantifying behavior).  This research has potentially huge ecological implications as it may provide stronger predictive hypotheses on animal habitat selection, dispersion, and predator-prey interactions than are currently available. 
I am also intensely interested in the physics behind wing-assisted incline running (WAIR) as published here, and especially as it is found in "non-traditional" forms in other birds during burst escape behaviors. 
 
2001-2003:  Flathead Lake Biological Station, University of Montana: M.S. Thesis Title: Long-term Osprey (Pandion haliaetus) Population Dynamics in Relation to Food Web Change at Flathead Lake, MT.  Correlating diet and population trends over 30 years with a nearly complete food web change and increased development on the west's largest freshwater lake.  As a research assistant, I also repeated a 20 year-old study on the water quality of Whitefish Lake.
 
2000: Teton Science School, Kelly, Wyoming.  Assisted in running a MAPS bird-banding station, radio-tracking coyotes, and performing vegetation surveys.
 
Other Interests
back-country skiing, fly-fishing and fly-tying, road and mountain bicycling, gardening, carpentry, cooking
 

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