Jerome A. Jackson is professor emeritus at Florida Gulf Coast University and Mississippi State University, and a fellow of the American Ornithologists’ Union and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He served in 1986 on an Ivory-billed Woodpecker Advisory Committee to evaluate the status of the Ivory-billed Woodpecker and, more recently, on the Ivory-billed Woodpecker Recovery Team, both appointed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. He has searched for the woodpecker throughout the southeastern United States and, during a five-week expedition in 1988, in Cuba. He also served on the official planning team for a 2002 search in the Pearl River Swamp of Louisiana. He wrote the account on the Ivory-bill (No. 711) in The Birds of North America (Cornell Lab of Ornithology, 2002), and he is the author of In Search of the Ivory-Billed Woodpecker (Smithsonian Books, 2004, 2006).