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Warrensburg, MO 64093
Dr. Fanson Kidwaro, Chair
Associate Professor of Biology
B. S. Texas A&M University
M. S. Fort Hays State University
Ph. D. University of North Texas
Dr. Vicki Jackson is originally from Texas. She earned a B.S. in Wildlife Fisheries Science from Texas A&M University in 1992 and then attended Fort Hays State University in Hays, Kansas where she received her M.S. in Biology with an emphasis in ecology. Her research at Fort Hays focused on the ability of swift foxes to utilize the agricultural landscape matrix (rangeland and cropland) in western Kansas. This research was supported in part by the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks. In 1997 she returned to Texas and completed a Ph. D. at the University of North Texas. Her doctoral research used GIS and remote sensing technology to create models to predict habitat suitability for ocelots in south Texas.
Dr. Jackson currently teaches Introduction to the Sciences: Ecology, Mammalogy, Wildlife Conservation, Senior Colloquium, Zoology and Comparative Anatomy Laboratories, and Experimental Design and Analysis. Her research interests are varied but she focuses on applied spatial ecology and resource use by wild vertebrates. She has an active research lab which engages both graduate and undergraduate students in applied wildlife ecology.
She is currently the Academic Advisor of UCM’s student chapter of The Wildlife Society and has served on the Executive Board of the Missouri State Chapter. She is serving on the Executive Board of Central Plains Society of Mammalogists and is an active member of American Society of Mammalogists, Southwestern Association of Naturalists, and Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections.
Non-academic interests include writing and reading poetry, music, and Gaelic studies. Dr. Jackson enjoys spending time with her husband, son, and their “farmstead community” of cats, dogs, chickens and wild critters.
Department of Biology and Agriculture
Office: WCM 308, UCM