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Allyson Jackson, M.S.

Allyson Jackson, M.S.

Songbird Ecologist

207-839-7600 x202
allyson.jackson@briloon.org

Allyson graduated from Juniata College in Huntingdon, PA, with a B.S. in biology. Her undergrad research looked at hemlock-hardwood forest regeneration after a tornado in northwestern Pennsylvania.

After college, she took an internship at the Tracy Aviary in Salt Lake City, where she first started working with birds. She then went on to complete her M.S. at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, VA. Her thesis looked at survival and movements of fledgling eastern bluebirds on urbanized sites in Virginia. She came to BRI in 2010 to work on contaminants in forest-breeding songbirds.

Education

 

B.S., Biology, Juanita College
M.S., College of William and Mary

Research Interests

 
  • Songbirds
  • Effect of aquatic-borne mercury contamination on terrestrial forest songbirds
  • Monitoring reproductive success of indicator species, such as the Carolina wren, to create effects thresholds that can be applied to a variety of songbird species
  • Effect of forest management on mercury cycling in headwater streams and subsequent songbird exposure
  • Use of artificial nest boxes by boreal chickadees at the southern end of their breeding range, in Rangeley, Maine

Journal Articles

 
 

BRI Scientific Communications

 

Research Reports

 
  • Schoch, N., A. Jackson, D. Evers, M. Duron, M. Glennon, C. Driscoll, X. Yu, and H. Simonin. 2011. Long-term monitoring and assessment of mercury based on integrated sampling efforts using the common loon, prey fish, water and sediment. Final Report prepared for the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority.
  • Jackson, A.K. 2011. Current lowest observed adverse effects level (LOAEL) for mercury in tree swallows (Tachycineta bicolor). BRI report #2010-27.
  • Jackson, A.K. and D.C. Evers. 2010. Mercury contamination and productivity in Carolina wrens nesting along the South River, Virginia 2009-2010. Report BRI 2010-25 submitted to U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Gloucester, Virginia. Biodiversity Research Institute, Gorham, Maine. 50 pages.
  • Folsom, S.B., A.K. Jackson and D.C. Evers. 2010. Spatial trends of mercury contamination in songbirds along the South Fork Shenandoah River, Virginia-2009. BRI Report # 2010-01 submitted to U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Gloucester, Virginia. Biodiversity Research Institute, Gorham, Maine. 49 pages.
  • Jackson, A.K. and D.A. Cristol. 2011. Postfledging bluebird survival on Virginia golf courses. Golf Course Management, September, p 98-102. PDF
  • Jackson, A.K. and D.A. Cristol. 2011. Survival of bluebirds on golf courses. USGA Green Section Record 49(24):1-3. PDF
  • Jackson, A. K., and D. A. Cristol. 2011. Tracking survival of bluebirds on golf courses. USGA Turfgrass and Environmental Research Online 10(6): 1-7. PDF
  • Jackson, A. K., and D. A. Cristol. 2010. International golf course wildlife research: Focus on the future. USGA Turfgrass and Environmental Research Online 9(12): 1-8. PDF
  • Jackson, A. K., and D. A. Cristol. 2010. Golf courses as bird habitats. Turfgrass Trends: September 2010.

Posters and Presentations

 
  • 2011 Jackson, A.K., D.C. Evers, A.M. Condon, J. Schmerfeld, and D.A. Cristol. Footprint of mercury in terrestrial songbirds along the South Fork Shenandoah River. Poster presentation, Society for Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry Annual Meeting, Boston, MA.
  • 2011 Jackson, A.K., S.B. Folsom, D.C. Evers, A.M. Condon, J. Schmerfeld, M.E. Etterson, and D.A. Cristol. Modeling the effect of mercury exposure on the reproductive success of a free-living terrestrial songbird. Oral presentation, International Conference on Mercury as a Global Pollutant. Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.
  • 2011 Adams, E., A.K. Jackson, D.C. Evers, D.G. Buck, K. Williams, C. Osborne, T. Divoll, D. Yates, T.H. Kunz, W. Martinez, D. Tzul, R. Cal, W. Garcia, P. Elizondo. The TERRA mercury network: understanding mercury in terrestrial ecosystems. Poster presentation, International Conference on Mercury as a Global Pollutant. Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.
  • 2011 Jackson, A.K., S.B. Folsom, D.C. Evers, A.M. Condon, J. Schmerfeld, D.A. Cristol. Mercury footprint extends far downstream for songbirds along the South Fork Shenandoah River. Oral presentation, Wilson Ornithological Society/Cooper Ornithological Society/Society for Canadian Ornithologists Annual Meeting, Kearney, NE
  • 2010 Jackson, A.K., Duerr, K.C., and D.A. Cristol. Postfledging survival of eastern bluebirds in developed landscapes. Oral presentation, American Ornithologists Union/Cooper Ornithological Society/Society for Canadian Ornithologists Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA
  • 2009 Jackson, A.K., J.P. Froneberger and D.A. Cristol. Survival in a created landscape: radio-tracking fledgling bluebirds on golf courses. Oral presentation, American Ornithologists Union Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, PA
  • 2009 Jackson, A.K. and D.A. Cristol. Survival in a created landscape: radio-tracking fledgling bluebirds on golf courses. Oral presentation, Wilson Ornithological Society/Association of Field Ornithologists Annual Meeting, Pittsburgh, PA
  • 2008 Jackson, A.K., R.B. Burdge, D.A. Cristol and J.P. Swaddle. Bluebirds on the fairways: radio-tracking fledgling survival. Poster presentation, American Ornithologists Union/Cooper Ornithological Society/Society for Canadian Ornithologists Annual Meeting. Portland, OR
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