The Jackson lab examines the different ways that people affect the Earth. The lab members seek to produce the building blocks of basic scientific knowledge and to use that knowledge to guide policy solutions for global warming, energy extraction and other environmental issues. They’re currently examining the effects of climate change and droughts on forest mortality and grassland ecosystems. He studies a range of wildfire impacts, including those on the carbon cycle and soils. Recently they’ve also published the first studies looking at fracking and drinking water quality and mapped thousands of natural gas leaks across cities such as Boston, Manhattan and Washington, D.C.