Jackson Gross, M.S.P.H., Ph.D.

Jackson Gross

Position Title
Cooperative Extension Aquaculture Specialist

2117 Meyer Hall


  • B.S., San Diego State University 1999 (Biology, Zoology Emphasis)
  • M.S., San Diego State University 2004 (Public Health, Toxicology Emphasis)
  • PhD., University of Wisconsin-Madison 2006 (Animal Sciences, Endocrine and Reproductive Physiology Minor)

Research Interests

The driving force in my current research program is to be at the forefront of environmental and production sustainability and ecological integrity. To achieve this vision my research is focused into three distinct, yet overlapping applied research themes; (1) Aquaculture, (2) Invasion Biology and (3) Environmental/Ecological Toxicology. This research usually addresses data gaps and provides scientific solutions, determined through rigorous experimentation, meeting the immediate biological and engineering needs of the aquaculture industry and natural resource community. My research is historically a mix of laboratory and field experimentation. However, there are many times where the research is not exclusively one or the other, but instead, a blend where controlled laboratory experimentation is brought into the field. Other areas of interest include aquaponic production systems.

More specific examples include:

Conducting reproductive and developmental biology studies to improve fish and bivalve culture, humane harvest of fish, habitat utilization, and water quality. Future research will also focus on recirculating aquaculture and aquaponics systems for finfish and vegetable production.

Developing technologies and strategies for the control of aquatic invasive and nuisance species, with the goal of conserving biodiversity in aquatic ecosystems. Research explores traditional and novel physical, biological, and chemical approaches, addressing susceptible life history stages of target species and examining unintended effects on non-target species.

Evaluating environmental stressors as factors that compromise ecological integrity and animal health. One of the areas I have significant interest in is the effects of anthropogenic sound on aquatic resources.

Selected Publications

Arthur N. Popper*; Jackson A. Gross*; Thomas J. Carlson; John Skalski; John V. Young; Anthony D. Hawkins; David Zeddies. (2016), Effects of Exposure to the Sound from Seismic Airguns on Pallid Sturgeon and Paddlefish PLoS ONE 11(8): e0159486. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0159486

Alecia Stewart-Malone, Michael Misamore, Siri Wilmoth, Alejandro Reyes, Wai Hing Wong, Jackson Gross. (2015), The effect of UV-C exposure on larval survival of the dreissenid quagga mussel. PLOS one doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0133039

Jackson Gross*, Bahram Farokhkish, Mathew Cornacione, Steven Shaw, Phong Nguyen, and Theodore B. Henry (2015), Potential use of direct current electric fields to eradicate Rainbow Trout Oncorhynchus mykiss embryos from freshwater ecosystems, North American Journal of Fisheries Management Volume 35, Issue 5: 871-879 doi:10.1080/02755947.2015.1059910

Tristany L. Wagner, Cynthia D. Cooper, Jackson A. Gross, Allison B. Coffin (2015), The effect of seismic waterguns on the inner ears of round goby. Journal of Great Lakes Research. doi:10.1016/j.jglr.2015.08.012

Joe M. Caffrey, Jan-Robert Baars, Jenny H. Barbour, Pieter Boets, Philip Boon, Keith Davenport, Jaimie T.A. Dick, John Early, Lennart Edsman, Cathal Gallagher, Jackson Gross, et al. (2014), Tackling Invasive Alien Species in Europe: the top 20 issues, Management of Biological Invasions Volume 5, Issue 1: 1–20. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.3391/mbi.2014.5.1.01

Mark Abbey-Lambertz, Andrew Ray, Megan Layhee, Christine Densmore, Adam Sepulveda, Jackson Gross, and Barnaby Watten (2014), Suppressing Bullfrog Larvae with Carbon Dioxide. Journal of Herpetology Vol. 48, Issue 1, 59-66 doi: 10.1670/12-126

Layhee M, Yoshioka M, Farokhkish B, Gross JA, Sepulveda AJ. (2014), Toxicity of a traditional molluscicide to Asian clam veligers. Journal of Fish and Wildlife Management 5(1):141–145; e1944-687X. doi: 10.3996/042013-JFWM-032

Jackson A. Gross*, Kathryn M. Irvine, Siri Wilmoth, Tristany L. Wagner, Patrick A. Shields, and Jeffrey R. Fox, (2013), The Effects of Pulse Pressure from Seismic Water Gun Technology on Northern Pike Transactions of the American Fisheries Society 142:1335–1346

Sepulveda, Adam, Andrew Ray, Robert Al-Chokhachy, Clint Muhlfeld, Robert Gresswell, Jackson Gross and Jeff Kershner. (2012), Aquatic Invasive Species: Lessons from Cancer Research. American Scientist. 100 (234-242)

Gross, J. A.*, Johnson, P.T.J., Prahl, L. K., and Karasov, W.H. (2009), Critical period for effects of chronic cadmium exposure on growth and development in northern leopard frog (Rana pipiens) tadpoles. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry. 28:1227-1232

Johnson, P. T. J., Chase, J. M., Dosch, K. L., Hartson, R. B, Gross, J. A.,Larson, D., Sutherland, D. R. and S. R. Carpenter. (2007), Aquatic eutrophication promotes pathogenic disease in amphibians. Proceedings of the National Academy of Science 104 (40):15781-15786