Assistant Research Professor

Contact Information

Office:  Traphagen Hall #204
Phone:  (406) 994-6642
Email:  [email protected]

Dr. Jackson's CV (PDF)


B.A., University of Montana, 1992
Ph.D., Montana State University, 2007

Paleontology Websites:

International Research Experience for Students
Fossil Eggs
Museum of the Rockies

Research Interests

My research interests include the study of fossil eggs, dinosaur reproductive biology and paleoecology, and the evolution of reproductive traits in birds.  Fossil egg arrangement and microscopic study of eggshell structure (including calculation of water vapor conductance rates) provide important information on dinosaur reproductive biology and physiology.  In addition, sedimentologic study of and assessment of diagenesis provide evidence for paleoenvironmental interpretation of Late Cretaceous nesting sites. Currently, my research focuses on modern archosaurian (crocodillians and birds) nesting sites in Florida and the Pacific northwest and fossil egg localities in the western United States, China, and Spain.  Additional research includes assessment of geologic structures for potential carbon sequestration and earth science education.

Current Graduate Students

Daniel Lawver
Sara Oser
Patricia Wang

Selected Publications

Jin, X., Jackson, F., Varricchio, D.J., Azuma, Y.,He, T. in press.  The first Dictyoolithus egg clutches from the Lishui basin of Zhejian Province, China.  Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology.

Varricchio, D.J.. Moore, J., Erickson, G., Norell, M., and Jackson, F., Borkowski, J. 2008. Avian parental care has dinosaur origin. Science 322:1826-1828

Jackson, F., Varricchio, D.J., Jackson, R., Vila, B., Chiappe, L. 2008. Comparison of water vapor conductance of a titanosaur egg from Argentina, with a Megaloolithus sirugeui egg from Spain. Paleobiology 34(2):229-246.

Jackson, F., Jin, X., Varricchio, D.J., Azuma, Y., Jiang, Y. 2008. The first in situ turtle clutch from the Cretaceous Tiantai Basin, Zhejiang Province China. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 28(2):319-325.

Jackson, F., and Schmitt, J.G. 2008. Criteria for the revognition of abnormalities in Late Cretaceous vertebrate eggs. Journal of Cretaceous Research 29:27-39.

Sander, P.M., Peitz, C., Jackson, F., Chiappe, L. 2008. Upper Cretaceous titanosaur nesting sites and their implication for sauropod dinosaur reproductive bilogy. Palaentographica Abt. A 284:69-107.

Weishampel, D., Fastovsky, D., Watabe, M., Varricchio, D.J., Jackson, F., Tsogtbataar, K., Barsbold, R. 2008. New oviraptorid embryos from Bugin-tsav, Nemegt Formation (Late Cretaceous), Mongolia, with insights into their habitat and growth. Journal Vertebrate Paleontology 28(4):1110-1119.

Jin, X., Azuma, Y., Jackson, F., Varricchio, D.J. 2007. Giant dinosaur eggs from the Tiantai Basin, Zhejiang Province, China. Canadian Journal of Earth Sciences 44(1):81-88.

Varricchio, D.J., and Jackson, F. 2005. Origins of avian reproduction: Answers and questions from dinosaurs. Palaeovertebrate, Montpellier 32 (2-4).

Varricchio, D.J., and Jackson, F. 2004. A phylogentic assessment of prismatic dinosaur eggs from the Cretaceous Two Medicine Formation of western Montana. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 24(4):931-937.

Jackson, F., Garrido, A., Schmitt, J.G., Chiappe, L.M., Dingus, L., Loope, D. 2004. Abnormal, multilayered titanosaur eggs from in situ clutches (Dinosauri: Sauropoda) eggs from in sutu clutches at the Auca Mahuevo locality, Neuquen Province, Argentina. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 24(4):913-922.

Chiappe, L., Schmitt, J.G., Jackson, F., Garrido, A., Dingus, L., Grellet-Tinner, G. 2004. First nest structures for sauropos dinosaurs. Palaios 19:89-95.

Jackson, F., and Varricchio, D.J. 2003. Ovum in ovo in Cuturnix japonica eggs (Japanese quail): Implications for dinosaur reproductive anatomy. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 23(3):699-702.