Wes Jackson

Wes Jackson in fieldWes Jackson is the founder & president of The Land Institute, and member of World Future Council.  His focus is on perennial polyculture and alternatives in appropriate technology.

Dr. Jackson earned a B.A. in Biology at Kansas Wesleyan, a M.A. in botany at University of Kansas, and a Ph.D. in genetics at North Carolina State University. He was a professor of biology at Kansas Wesleyan and later established the Environmental Studies department at California State University, Sacramento, where he became a tenured full professor.
Dr. Jackson’s writings include his most recent work, Nature as Measure (2011) and Consulting the Genius of the Place: An Ecological Approach to a New Agriculture (2010). His book New Roots for Agriculture(1980) which outlines the basis for the research at The Land Institute which Dr. Jackson founded in 1976.
In addition to lecturing nationwide and abroad, Dr. Jackson is involved outside The Land Institute with a variety of projects including being a Post Carbon Institute Fellow, a Councillor with the World Future Council and a member of the Green Lands Blue Waters Steering Committee.