National organization honors fishery biologist Don Jackson

Contact: Bob Ratliff

A Mississippi State University wildlife and fisheries researcher is a new member at the highest rank of the American Institute of Fishery Research Biologists.

Donald C. Jackson, a professor in the College of Forest Resources and the Forest and Wildlife Research Center, recently received the professional designation of AIFRB Fellow.

Founded in 1955, the institute works to promote conservation and wise use of natural resources through fisheries science. Made up of approximately 1,000 scientists from the United States, Canada and several foreign nations, the organization also awards inclusion in its ranks at the associate and member levels.

Jackson's honor recognizes his achievements in the field of river fisheries biology. His work primarily involves research, development and management of domestic and international river fisheries.

"This high honor not only reflects well on Don, but also on the department, the college, the research center, and the university," said wildlife and fisheries department head Randy Robinette. "This latest recognition adds to an already impressive list of achievements and honors garnered by the department's outstanding faculty."

An MSU faculty member since 1986, Jackson holds bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Arkansas and a doctorate from Auburn University. He currently serves on the board of directors for the Mississippi Wildlife Federation and chairs the organization's rivers and streams committee.

He has received numerous other professional honors, including the state wildlife federation's Fisheries Conservationist of the Year Award and the American Fisheries Society's Fisheries Management Section Award of Excellence.

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