Will Jackson

Will Jackson

Assistant Professor

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Research Interests

I am an earth systems scientist with a focus on tectonic processes. My research involves the integration of sedimentology, stratigraphy, and structural geology with geochronology and thermochronology to understand sediment provenance and the relationships between deformation and deposition. Currently, I am working on projects in the southern Appalachian foreland thrust belt, the eastern Gulf Coastal Plain, the Laramide belt of the Rocky Mountains, and the eastern Tibetan Plateau.


Ph.D., University of Alabama, 2017
M.S., University of Memphis, 2012
B.S., University of Alabama, 2009


2018 Stephen E. Laubach Structural Diagenesis Award, Geological Society of America

Current Graduate Students

Katelyn Giles (MS)

Thesis: Tracking littoral sediment transport and mixing along the northeastern Gulf of Mexico using detrital-zircon geochronology

·       2021 Geological Society of America Student Grant recipient

·       2021 American Association of Petroleum Geologists Student Grant recipient

·       2021 Society of Sedimentary Geology Student Grant recipient

S. Jessica Savage (MS)

Thesis: Integrating soft-sediment deformational structures with zircon geo-thermochronology to Investigate Ancestral Rocky Mountain tectonics

Maddie Konopinski (PhD)

Dissertation: TBD

Selected Publications

Jackson, W. T., Jr., McKay, M. P., Beebe, D. A., Mullins, C., Ionescu, A., Shaulis, B., & Barbeau, D. L., Jr. (2021). Sediment provenance in the eastern Gulf Coastal Plain (USA) based on detrital zircon U-Pb ages and Th/U values. Journal of Sedimentary Research, v. 91(10), p. 1025-1039, https://doi.org/10.2110/jsr.2020.177. 

McKay, M. P., Jackson, W. T., Jr., Spurgeon, D., Ionescu, A., & Shaulis, B. (2021). Detrital zircon geothermochronology reveals pre-Alleghanian exhumation of regional Mississippian sediment sources in the southern Appalachian Valley and Ridge Province. Geosphere, v. 17, no. 6, p. 1840-1860, https://doi.org/10.1130/GES02427.1. 

Jackson, W. T., Jr., Robinson, D. M., Weislogel, A. L., & Jian, X. (2020). Cenozoic reactivation along the Late Triassic Ganzi-Litang suture, eastern Tibetan Plateau. Geoscience Frontiers, v. 11, p. 1069-1080, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.gsf.2019.11.001. 

Jackson, W. T., Jr., McKay, M. P., Bartholomew, M. J., Allison, D. T., Spurgeon, D., Shaulis, B., VanTongeren, J. A., & Setera, J. B. (2019). Initial Laramide tectonism recorded by Upper Cretaceous paleoseimites in the northern Bighorn Basin, USA: Field indicators of an applied end load stress. Geology, v. 47, no. 11, p. 1059-1063, https://doi.org/10.1130/G46738.1.  

McKay, M. P., Weislogel, A. L., Jackson, W. T., Jr., Dean, J., & Fildani, A. (2018). Structural and magmatic controls on the turbidites of the Karoo basin, South Africa, in, Ingersoll, R. V., Lawton, T. F., & Graham, S. A. (eds.), Tectonics, Sedimentary Basins and Provenance: A celebration of the career of William R. Dickinson. Geological Society of America Special Paper 540, https://doi.org/10.1130/2018.2540(29).

Jackson, W. T., Jr., Robinson, D. M., Weislogel, A. L., Jian, X., & McKay, M. P. (2018). Cenozoic development of the nonmarine Mula basin, southern Yidun terrane: deposition and deformation in the eastern Tibetan Plateau associated with the India-Asia collision. Tectonics, v. 37, p. 2446-2465, https://doi.org/10.1029/2018TC004994.  

Jackson, W. T., Jr., Robinson, D. M., Weislogel, A. L., Shang, F., & Jian, X. (2018). Mesozoic development of nonmarine basins in the northern Yidun terrane: deposition and deformation in the eastern Tibetan Plateau prior to the India-Asia collision. Tectonics, v. 37, p. 2466-2485, https://doi.org/10.1029/2018TC004995.  

McKay, M. P., Jackson, W. T., Jr., & Hessler, A. (2018). Tectonic stress regime recorded by zircon Th/U. Gondwana Research, v. 57, p. 1-9, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.gr.2018.01.004.  

Jackson, W. T., Jr., Bartholomew, M. J., Dupré, W. R., Armstrong, T. F., & Stewart, K. G. (2016). Campanian paleoseismites of the Elk Basin anticline, northern Bighorn Basin, USA: A record of initial Laramide deformation. Journal of Sedimentary Research, v. 86, p. 394-407, https://doi:10.2110/jsr.2016.28.