Marie Jackson is a Research Associate Professor in the Department of Geology and Geophysics at the University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA.
She received a Ph.D. in Earth Sciences from Johns Hopkins University, a Doctorat d’Université in Géologie Structurale from the Université de Nantes, France, and a B.S. in Earth Sciences from University of California at Santa Cruz. From 1987–1995 she was a research geoscientist with the US Geological Survey Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program. After raising a family, she became a project scientist in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at University of California at Berkeley (2011–2015) and then joined the University of Utah (2016–present). Her early research focused on rock fracture produced by shallow igneous intrusions and earthquakes on volcanoes. She then turned to rock mechanics and mineralogic studies of the volcanic dimension stones and concrete construction materials of ancient Rome. She is principal investigator of the SUSTAIN drilling project on Surtsey volcano, Iceland, sponsored by the International Continental Scientific Drilling Program.
Dr. Jackson has authored 51 peer-reviewed articles in earth, archaeological and materials sciences journals and has presented more than 80 conference and invited talks. Since 2013, she has been a member of the American Ceramic Society and is currently Secretary of the Art, Archaeology and Conservation Science Division.
Her research now focuses on the material and mechanical properties of Roman architectural and marine concretes, their volcanic aggregates, and cementitious processes in their reactive glass mortars and a young analog at Surtsey volcano. The results of these investigations are being applied to the production of regenerative Roman cementitious materials for concrete infrastructure in architectural and marine environments.