Jack is interested in how the structure of animal communities has changed through time and how that impacts their responses to environmental perturbations, such as climate change. His previous research involved identifying how biases in geological data—such as the lack of fossilized soft-bodied organisms—impacts interpretations of paleo-biological and -ecological trends. Current research uses network analysis to quantify how animal communities have evolved over the past 500+ million years. By understanding how ancient communities responded to events like mass extinctions, he hopes to provide insights into how modern communities may respond to anthropogenic change.
Jack is currently working on his Ph.D. in Earth and Planetary Sciences at Yale University. He previously completed an A.B. in Geology and Philosophy, Politics, and Economics at Lafayette College, thanks to support from a Fulbright social mobility program.