Jeremy Jackson is the William E. and Mary B. Ritter Professor of Oceanography at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California at San Diego, and a staff scientist at the Center for Tropical Paleoecology and Archaeology at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences as well as the American Association for the Advancement of Science and a member of the board of the World Wildlife Fund. Among the many awards he has received are the Secretary's Gold Medal for Exceptional Service from the Smithsonian Institution in 1997 and the University of California Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Science and Engineering in 2002. Discover magazine cited his research on overfishing as the outstanding discovery of 2002. He is the author of more than 100 scientific publications and five books. His current and recent past research interests center on paleoecology and macroevolution with particular interest in the environmental and biological consequences of the events leading up to the formation of the Isthmus of Panama over the past 15 million years. Jackson is perhaps best known for his ground breaking research documenting the historical consequences of humankind's exploitation of ocean resources from its first appearance to the present time.