Nancy L. Jackson

Contact Info

Title: Professor
Office: 126 York Building
Phone: 973-596-8467
Dept: Chemistry and Environmental Science

About Me

 Nancy L. Jackson, PhD, is a professor of coastal geomorphology at New Jersey Institute of Technology. She is internationally known for her research on coastal processes on beaches and dunes in  estuarine and low energy environments.

In 2004 Jackson was awarded the Turin Chair at the Politecnico di Torino as part of the Fulbright Distinguished Chairs Program. Awards in the Fulbright Distinguished Chairs Program are viewed as among the most prestigious appointments in the Fulbright Scholar Program. In 2013 she returned to Italy as a Fulbright Scholar in the Department of Physics and Earth Science, University of Ferrara.

In 2015 she was elected a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. In 2014 she was elected a fellow of the Geological Society of America. She is an Associate Editor of Estuaries and Coasts and Journal of Coastal Research.


PhD, Rutgers University - New Brunswick

MSc, Antioch University - New England

BA, Clark University

Awards and Honors

Fellow, American Academy for the Advancement of Science, 2015

Fellow, Geological Society of America, 2014

Fulbright Scholar, Department of Physics and Earth Science, University of Ferrara, 2013-2014

Excellence in Service to Undergraduate Education, College of Science and Liberal Arts, New Jersey Institute of Technology, 2008

R.J. Russell Award, Association of American Geographers, Coastal and Marine Specialty Group, 2007

Fulbright Distinguished Chair, Departimento di Interateneo Territorio, Politecnico di Torino, 2004-2005

Best Article Award, National Council for Geographic Education, 1998





Research Interests

Nancy’s research is focused in three areas. The first area focuses on beach processes in estuarine and low energy coastal systems. Interests are to better understand sediment transport on the foreshore of beaches. Recent work has included instrumented field studies of sediment transport in the swash zone and longshore sediment transport. A second area of interest is aeolian sediment transport across beaches. Recent work has focused on understanding foredune growth on developed shorelines like New Jersey. A third area is on human-environment interaction in the coastal zone. Recent work has focused on understanding the interaction of geomorphic-biotic processes on the foreshores of human modified beaches in Delaware Bay.

Selected Publications

 Jackson, N.L., K.F. Nordstrom, S. Saini and D.R. Smith. 2015. Influence of configuration of bulkheads on use of estuarine beaches by horseshoe crabs and foraging shorebirds. Environmental Earth Science. 74, 5749–5758.

Jackson, N.L.,M.D. Harley, C. Amaroli, K.F. Nordstrom, 2015. Beach morphologies induced by breakwaters with different orientations. Geomorphology, 239, 48-57.

Pelletier, J.D., D.J. Sherman, J.T. Ellis, E.J. Farrell, N.L. Jackson, B. Li, K.F. Nordstrom, L.P. Maia, and M. Omidyeganeh. 2015. Dynamics of sediment storage and release on dune slip faces: A field study in Jericoacoara, Brazil. Journal of Geophysical Research – Earth Surface. 120, 1911-1934.

Personna, Y.R., X. Geng, F. Saleh, z. Shu, N. Jackson, M.P. Weinstein, M.C. Boufadel. 2015. Monitoring changes in salinity and metal concentrations in New Jersey (USA) coastal ecosystems Post-Hurricane Sandy. Environmental Earth Sciences. 73, 1169-1177.

Jackson, N.L., K.F. Nordstrom, D.R. Smith, and S. Saini. 2014. Delivery and movement of horseshoe crab eggs (Limulus polyphemus) in the breaking waves and swash uprush of an estuarine foreshore, Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science. 136: 191-198.

Geng, X., M.C. Boufadel, Y. Xia, H. Li, L. Zhao and N.L. Jackson. 2014. Numerical study of wave effects on groundwater flow and solute transport in a laboratory beach. Journal of Contaminant Hydrology 165, 37-52.

Jackson, N.L., K.F. Nordstrom, R.A. Feagin and W.K. Smith. 2013. Coastal geomorphology and restoration. Geomorphology, 199: 1-7.

Nordstrom, K.F. and N.L. Jackson. 2013. Removing shore protection structures to facilitate migration of landforms and habitats on the bayside of a barrier spit. Geomorphology, 199: 179-191.

Pranzini, E., V. Rosas, N.L. Jackson, and K.F. Nordstrom. 2013. Beach changes due to sediment delivered by streams to pocket beaches during a major flood. Geomorphology, 199: 36-47.

Freire, P., N.L. Jackson, and K.F. Nordstrom. 2013. Defining beaches and their evolutionary states in estuaries. Journal of Coastal Research SI65: 482-487.

Jackson, N.L. and K.F. Nordstrom. 2013. Aeolian sediment transport and morphologic change on a managed and an unmanaged foredune. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, 38: 413-420.

Nordstrom, K.F., N.L. Jackson, A. Freestone, K.H. Korotky and J.A. Puleo. 2012. Effects of beach raking and sand fences on dune dimensions and morphology. Geomorphology. 179: 106-115.

Nordstrom, K.F. and N.L. Jackson, 2012. Physical processes and landforms on beaches in short fetch environments in estuaries, small lakes and reservoirs: a review. Earth Science Reviews, 111: 232-247.

Saini, S., N.L. Jackson and K.F. Nordstrom. 2012. Characteristics of sediment in transport on a steep estuarine foreshore, Sedimentology, 59: 1001-1013

Smith, D.R., N.L. Jackson, K.F. Nordstrom and R. Weber. 2011. Beach characteristics mitigate effects of onshore wind on horseshoe crab spawning: implications for matching with shorebird Migration in Delaware Bay. Animal Conservation, 14: 575-584.

Jackson, N.L. and K.F. Nordstrom. 2011. Aeolian sediment transport on managed coastal systems: a review. Aeolian Research. 3: 181-196.

Nordstrom, K.F., N.L. Jackson, N.C. Kraus, T.W. Kana, R. Bearce, L.M. Bocamazo, D.R. Young and H.A. DeButts. 2011. Enhancing geomorphic and biologic functions and values on backshores and dunes of developed shores: a review of opportunities and constraints. Environmental Conservation. 38: 288-302.

Nordstrom, K.F., N.L. Jackson, and K.H. Korotky. 2011. Aeolian sediment transport across beach wrack. Journal of Coastal Research. SI59: 211-217.

Nordstrom, K.F., N.L. Jackson, K.H. Korotky, and J.A. Puleo. 2011. Aeolian transport rates across raked and unraked beaches on a developed coast. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, 36: 779-789.

Jackson, N.L., K.F. Nordstrom, S. Saini, and D.R. Smith. 2010. Effects of nourishment on the form and function of an estuarine beach. Ecological Engineering, 36: 1709-1718.