Ecology, Quaternary paleoecology, and deep-time paleobiology all share a common root in the mid-19th Century natural history of Darwin, Lyell, Forbes, and others. My copy of Lyell's Principles of Geology (Lyell, 1853), for example, includes extensive discussions of modern biogeography and ecological processes (competition, dispersal, colonization, population growth), Quaternary climatic changes and biotic responses, and fossil sequences predating the Quaternary. Although we could hardly describe Lyell's treatment of these topics as well-integrated from a modern standpoint, he and his contemporaries clearly were trying to develop a unified framework for understanding the short- and long-term processes that govern...
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Integrating Ecological Dynamics Across Timescales: Real-Time, Q-Time, and Deep-Time
STEPHEN T. JACKSON
STEPHEN T. JACKSON
1Steve Jackson got his start in paleontology at age seven collecting Carboniferous brachiopods near his home in southern Illinois. His interests later diversified to include botany, ecology, and biogeography, and by the time he finished his B.A. in Botany at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale (1977), he was completely undecided about what to pursue. Quaternary paleoecology allowed him to postpone any decision indefinitely. After finishing an M.S. in Botany at SIU (1978) and a Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Indiana University (1983), he spent several years in post-doctoral purgatory, teaching at Indiana and Idaho State Universities and doing research under fellowships and grants at Brown University. He was on the faculty at Northern Arizona University from 1990–1995, and has been at University of Wyoming since 1995, where he is Associate Professor of Botany. In his spare time, he hikes, skis, and rides his horse, who gives him sometimes-painful lessons in physics. The photo shows him providing inspiration to students coring a lake in northern Michigan.
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PALAIOS (2001) 16 (1): 1–2.
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STEPHEN T. JACKSON; Integrating Ecological Dynamics Across Timescales: Real-Time, Q-Time, and Deep-Time. PALAIOS 2001;; 16 (1): 1–2. doi: https://doi.org/10.1669/0883-1351(2001)016<0001:IEDATR>2.0.CO;2
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