Jackson Olson Dougan is an impassioned LGBT and minority rights activist. A native of rural Oregon, Jackson completed an honors bachelor of science degree in biology, summa cum laude, from the Honors College of Oregon State University at the age of 20. Jackson most recently occupied a post-baccalaureate research position in Dublin, Ireland, addressing paleo- and climate change biology. Jackson is a former National Science Foundation undergraduate research fellow in chemistry and a former research grantee with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. He previously served as a visiting research scholar to The University of Auckland, New Zealand, and has co-authored research findings accepted to the journal Landscape Ecology. Following his year as U.S. Youth Observer to the United Nations, Jackson intends to pursue graduate training in science with continued study of foreign languages and global affairs.