Born in Bingara NSW, Betsy Jackes is a graduate of the University of New England and the University of Chicago, which she attended as a post-graduate Fulbright awardee. She has been a full time faculty member of James Cook University since 1974. In addition to teaching various botanical subjects, particularly systematics, she has been Dean of the Faculty of Science and Head of Tropical Plant Sciences. Her research interests have been in the systematics and ecology of the tropical flora. Currently retired she is still involved in some teaching, in research and in patchwork and quilting type activities. Betsy is involved with U3AOnline as well as having written the course on Australian Flora and revamped the course on Botany. The third edition of Plants of Magnetic Island has been recently published in several formats.
She now runs an Online subject on Plant Taxonomy for postgraduate and advanced undergraduate students, entitled “Australian land Plants”.