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Chester Jackson

Chester Jackson

Dr. CJ Jackson

Chester Jackson, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Geology
Office: Herty, 2115

Academic Background

Ph.D., University of Georgia, 2010

  • Major: Geology
  • Dissertation Topic: “Spatio-temporal Analysis of Barrier Island Shoreline Change: The Georgia Coast, USA.”

M.S., University of North Carolina at Wilmington, 2004

  • Major: Geology
  • Thesis Topic: “Quantitative Shoreline Change Analysis of an Inlet-Influenced Transgressive Barrier System:  Figure Eight Island, North Carolina”

B.S., University of West Georgia, 2001

  • Major: Geology
  • Areas of study: Sedimentary and Coastal Geology, GIS


My research interests center on utilizing both field and GIS techniques to investigate shoreline, inlet, and sediment dynamics along Southeastern U.S. and Caribbean coasts in response to natural and anthropogenic influences.  Focal points of my research include quantifying and predicting shoreline/inlet changes, determining how the inherited geological framework and sea level plays a role in the evolution of the coast, developing software tools for analyzing shoreline and inlet dynamics, and mapping coastal hazards and human impacts.


Murry, B. A., Colón-Merced, R. J., Colón-Rivera, R., Fury, C., García-Bermúdez, M. A.,  Herrera-Giraldo, J. L., Jackson, C.W. … Vargas, J. (2019). An Overview of the Socio Ecological System of Cays and Islets in the US Caribbean and Their Vulnerability to Climate Change. In book: Module in Earth Systems and Environmental Sciences. Elsevier, Inc.  doi:10.1016/b978-0-12-409548-9.12010-x 

Jackson, C., Bush, D., and Neal, W., 2012. Documenting Beach Loss in Front of Seawalls in  Puerto Rico: Pitfalls of Engineering a Small Island Nation Shore. In: PITFALLS OF  SHORELINE STABLIZATION. Edited by: Cooper, J. A. G., and Pilkey, Orrin H., Dordrecht ;  New York : Springer, 2012. 

Jackson, C., Alexander, C. and D. Bush. 2012. Application of the AMBUR R Package for  Spatio-Temporal Analysis of Shoreline Change: Jekyll Island, Georgia, U.S.A. Computers and  Geosciences, 10.1016/j.cageo.2011.08.009 

Robinson, M., C. Alexander, C. Jackson, C. McCabe, and D. Crass. 2010. Threatened  Archaeological, Historic and Cultural Resources of the Georgia Coast: Identification,  Prioritization and Management using GIS Technology. Geoarchaeology, 25:312-326. 

Bush, D., W. Neal, and C. Jackson. 2009. Summary Of Puerto Rico’s Vulnerability To Coastal  Hazards: Risk, Mitigation, And Management With Examples (in) Kelley, Joseph T. and Orrin  Pilkey (editors), America’s Most Vulnerable Coastal Communities, Geological Society of  America Special Paper 460. 

Last updated: 9/10/2021