The major goal of my research has been to understand the physiological mechanisms that adapt animals to stresses such as anoxia, acidosis, and variable temperature. I studied ectothermic vertebrates, such as freshwater turtles, that can survive long periods without oxygen and can function over a wide range of body temperatures. Studies have been carried out on whole animals, on isolated organs, and on cell preparations. My most recent research has sought to understand the mechanisms that permit a freshwater turtle to survive prolonged submergence, particularly during its winter hibernation when ice cover prevents breathing.
Professor Donald Jackson received his B.S. in Biology at Geneva college in 1959. Following the receipt of his Ph.D. in Physiology in 1963 from the University of Pennsylvania, he spent two years at Duke University as a Research Associate in Zoology. He returned to the University of Pennsylvania and served on the faculty there in Physiology until coming to Brown University as an Associate Professor in 1973. During his tenure at Brown, he has had visiting scientific appointments at the Max-Planck Institute for Experimental Medicine in Gottingen, Germany, at the CNRS at Strasbourg, France, at the National Science Foundation in Washington, DC, at The University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia, and at UNESP in Rio Claro, Brazil. He has also carried out field work at the Tortuguero Marine Turtle Research Station in Costa Rica.
DONALD JACKSON, Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania, 1963
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