Ecologist Rob Jackson addresses ‘The Environmental Footprint of Unconventional Natural Gas and Oil’ at Colorado State March 24

Note to Reporters: A photo of Rob Jackson is available with this release at news.colostate,edu. Dr. Jackson has limited availablity for interviews on Monday, March 23, in Denver; contact Kate Jeracki to arrange a time.

What is the science behind hydraulic fracturing and its effects on areas surrounding oil and gas wells? Rob Jackson, the Michelle and Kevin Douglas Provostial Professor in Stanford University’s School of Earth Sciences, will discuss “The Environmental Footprint of Unconventional Natural Gas and Oil” at Colorado State University on Tuesday, March 24.

The guest lecture, presented by the School of Global Environmental Sustainability, will take place 5-6:30 p.m. in the Ballroom of the Lory Student Center on the CSU campus. It is free and open to the public; however, RSVP is required at the SoGES website.

The event will also be streamed live online at this link:

Jackson, who is also senior fellow at the Woods Institute for the Environment and at the Precort Institute for Energy at Stanford, published the first studies examining drinking water quality and shale gas extraction. An ecologist who studies the ways people affect the earth, he also examines hydrocarbon emissions upstream from wellpads and downstream in cities, including the first maps of natural gas leaks across urban pipelines in Boston and Washington, D.C.

In recent years Jackson directed the DOE National Institute for Climate Change Research for the southeastern U.S., co-chaired the U.S. Carbon Cycle Science Plan, and currently co-chairs the Global Carbon Project.

For more information, go to the SoGES website,

About the School of Global Environmental Sustainability

The School of Global Environmental Sustainability, or SoGES, serves as a hub to connect CSU’s community of scholars and practitioners interested in applying interdisciplinary perspectives to large-scale environmental, economic, and social questions not easily addressed through traditional approaches. The School is uniquely designed to reach across disciplines and colleges to forge new alliances and advance greater understanding of the challenges to achieving sustainability faced by our nation and global community through research, education, and outreach.