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Department of Chemistry and Environmental Science

Jackson, Nancy L.

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 at New Jersey Institute of Technology, where she heads the graduate program in environmental policy studies in the department of chemistry and environmental science. Her research focuses on coastal processes on beaches and dunes in estuarine and low wave energy environments. She is currently studying the relationship between beach processes and horseshoe crab reproduction in the Delaware Bay.

In fall 2004 Jackson was awarded the Turin Chair as part of the Fulbright Distinguished Chairs Program. She conducted research on coastal and ecosystem management and lecture on International Environmental Policy at the Polytechnic Institute of Turin, Italy during the 2004-2005 academic year. Awards in the Fulbright Distinguished Chairs Program are viewed as among the most prestigious appointments in the Fulbright Scholar Program.

Her recent work has appeared in journals such as Annals of the Association of American Geographers, Geomorphology, Journal of Waterway, Port, Harbor and Ocean Engineering, and Marine Geology. She serves as an associate editor of Estuaries: An International Journal of Coastal Science and Journal of Coastal Research.


  • PhD, Rutgers University, New Brunswick
  • MSc, Antioch/New England Graduate School
  • BA, Clark University


  • 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.

Courses I Teach


Research Interests

My research can be broadly categorized into three areas.  The first area focuses on beach processes and management in estuarine and sheltered coastal systems. A second area of interest is aeolian sediment transport across beaches. This area has expanded to sediment transport within dunes.  A third area, that is a component of all of my research endeavors, focuses on coastal management including the effects of shore protection strategies on beach and dune environments.

Current Projects

  • National Science Foundation, CBNET: A research network for sustaining barrier island ecosystems in a changing global environment, 2008-2013. C-PI (PI: W. Smith, Wake Forest University and C-PI: R. Feagin, Texas A&M University 
  • National Science Foundation, Spatial and temporal characterisics of entrainment and transport of horseshoe crab (Limulus polyphemus) eggs on the foreshore of estuarine beaches,  2007-2008, PI, (C-PI: K.F. Nordstrom, Rutgers University)
  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, New Jersey Sea Grant, Evaluation of wind and wave processes critical in sustaining beach backshore environments, 2008-2010, C-PI, (PI: K.F. Nordstrom , Rutgers University and C-PI: J. Puleo, University of Delaware) 
  • U.S. National Park Service, Investigation of Bayside Erosion at Fire Island National Seashore, 2004-2008, C-PI, (PI: K.F. Nordstrom, Rutgers University).

Selected Publications

  • Jackson, N.L., D.R. Smith, and K.F. Nordstrom. 2008 Physical and chemical changes in the foreshore of an estuarine beach: implications for viability and development of horseshoe crab (Limulus polyphemus) eggs. Marine Ecology Progress Series 355: 209-218. 
  • Nordstrom, K.F., R. Lampe, and N.L. Jackson. 2007. Increasing the dynamism of coastal landforms by modifying shore protection methods: Examples from the eastern German Baltic Sea Coast. Environmental Conservation. 34: 205-214.. 
  • Jackson, N.L., D.R. Smith, R. Tiyarattanachi, and K.F. Nordstrom. 2007. Use of a small beach nourishment project to enhance habitat suitability for horseshoe crabs. Geomorphology 89: 172-185. 
  • Nordstrom, K.F., N.L. Jackson, D.R. Smith, and R.G. Weber. 2006. Transport of horseshoe crab eggs by waves and swash on an estuarine beach: implications for foraging shorebirds.  Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science 70: 438-448.
  • Nordstrom, K.F., N.L. Jackson, J.M. Hartman and M. Wong. 2007. Aeolian sediment transport on a human altered foredune. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms  32:102-115. 
  • Nordstrom, K.F., N.L. Jackson, A.H.F. Klein, D.J. Sherman, and P.A. Hesp. 2006. Offshore transport of sediment across a low protective foredune on a developed barrier island, Ocean City, New Jersey, USA. Journal of Coastal Research 22: 1260-1268. 
  • Jackson, N.L., D.J. Sherman, P.A. Hesp, F. Ballesteros, A. Klein, and K.F. Nordstrom. 2006. Small-scale spatial variations in aeolian sediment transport on a fine-sand beach. Journal of Coastal Research  SI39: 379-383.
  • Jackson, N.L., D.R. Smith, and K.F. Nordstrom. 2005. Comparison of sediment characteristics on nourished and un-nourished estuarine beaches in Delaware Bay, New Jersey. Zeitschrift fur Geomorphologie 141: 31- 45.
  • Jackson, N.L., K.F. Nordstrom. and D.R. Smith. 2005. Influence of waves and horseshoe crab spawning on beach morphology and sediment characteristics on a sandy estuarine beach, Delaware Bay, New Jersey, USA. Sedimentology  52: 1097-1108.
  • Nordstrom, K.F., N.L. Jackson and E. Pranzini. 2004  Beach sediment alteration by natural processes and human actions, Elba Island, Italy.  Annals of the Association of American Geographers, 94: 794-806.  
  • Aminti, P., C. Cammelli, L. Cappietti, N.L. Jackson, K.F. Nordstrom and E. Pranzini. 2004. Evaluation of beach response to submerged groin construction at Marina di Ronchi, Italy using field data and a numerical simulation model. Journal of Coastal Research, SI33: 99-120.  
  • Jackson, N.L., G. Masselink, and K.F. Nordstrom.  2004. The role of bore collapse and local shear stresses on the spatial distribution of sediment load in the uprush of an intermediate-state beach. Marine Geology, 203: 109-118. 
  • Lampe, R., K.F. Nordstrom, and N.L. Jackson.  2003. Spatial  differences in longshore sediment transport rates across a barred non-tidal beach, Greifswalder Bodden, Germany. (DEC) 2003. Estuaries, 26: 1426-1436.  
  • Nordstrom, K.F., N.L. Jackson, J.R. Allen and D.J. Sherman. 2003. Longshore sediment transport rates on a microtidal estuarine beach, Journal of Waterway, Port, Harbor and Ocean Engineering, 129: 1-4. 
  • Jackson, N.L., K.F. Nordstrom, I. Eliot, and G. Masselink, 2002. Low energy marine and estuarine beaches, Geomorphology, 48: 147-162. 
  • Nordstrom, K.F., N.L. Jackson, M.S. Bruno, and H. DeButts. 2002. Municipal initiatives for managing dunes in coastal residential areas: a case study of Avalon, New Jersey, USA, Geomorphology, 37: 137-152.  
  • Jackson, N.L., K.F. Nordstrom, and D.R. Smith.  2002. Geomorphic-biotic interactions on sandy estuarine beaches, Journal of Coastal Research, SI36: 414-424.