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Douglass F Jacobs

Forestry and Natural Resources 

  • Fred M van Eck Professor of Forest Biology & Associate Head of Extension
765.494.3608
765.496.9461
PFEN Room 221F
715 W. State Street
West Lafayette, IN 47907

Dr. Douglass Jacobs' Regeneration and Restoration Silviculture Laboratory

Research Group - Forest Biology

Facilities - Forest Ecology, Soils, and Silviculture Lab, John S. Wright Center

Related Centers - Hardwood Tree Improvement and Regeneration Center, Tropical Hardwood Tree Improvement & Regeneration Center

Douglass F. Jacobs is the Fred M. van Eck Professor of Forest Biology and Associate Head in the Department of Forestry and Natural Resources at Purdue University. His research interests are in the reforestation and restoration of forest trees, with emphasis on understanding the eco-physiology of forest regeneration in response to management and environmental stress.  His research group focuses on themes including nursery propagation of native forest trees and seedling quality, site preparation and plantation establishment, use of physiological tools to understand developmental mechanisms in trees, and the restoration of threatened species.  He is among the principal scientists comprising the Hardwood Tree Improvement and Regeneration Center at Purdue University, a collaborative research, development, and technology transfer effort between industry, university, private, state, and federal entities.  Dr. Jacobs teaches courses in Dendrology, Forest Regeneration, and summer forestry field practicum.  Since 2010, he has served as Editor-in-Chief of New Forests, an international journal on the biology, biotechnology, and management of afforestation and reforestation. In 2011, Dr. Jacobs was named a Purdue University Faculty Scholar, an award recognizing outstanding faculty members on an accelerated path for academic distinction. In 2012, he was named the Fred M. van Eck Endowed Chair of Forest Biology.

Awards & Honors

(2017) Director, Tropical Hardwood Tree Improvement and Regeneration Center.

(2016) Visiting Professor. Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Management, University of Hawaii.

(2016) Visiting Scientist. Institute of Pacific Islands Forestry, USDA Forest Service.

(2015) Co-Director. Hardwood Tree Improvement and Regeneration Center.

(2014) Associate Head. Department of Forestry and Natural Resources, Purdue University.

(2014) Academic Leadership Fellow. Committee on Institutional Cooperation.

(2013) Dingying Visiting Professor. South China Agricultural University.

(2012) Fred M. van Eck Endowed Chair of Forest Biology. Purdue University.

(2011) Faculty Scholar. Purdue University.

(2010) Editor-in-Chief. New Forests.

Selected Publications

Burney, O. T., & Jacobs, D. F. (2018). Species selection - a fundamental silvicultural tool to promote forest regeneration under high animal browsing pressure. Forest Ecology and Management, 408, 67-74.

Shi, W., Villar-Salvador, P., Jacobs, D. F., Li, G., & Jiang, X. (2018). Simulated predation of Quercus variabilis acorns impairs seedling performance and nutrient remobilization irrespective of soil fertility. Plant and Soil, 423, 295-306.

Toca, A., Oliet, J. A., Villar-Salvador, P., Maroto, J., & Jacobs, D. F. (2018). Species ecology determines the role of nitrogen nutrition in the frost tolerance of pine seedlings. Tree Physiology, 38, 96-108.

Espelta , J. M., Chirino , E., Gil-Pelegrín, E., Jacobs, D. F., Martín-Gómez , P., Navarro-Cerrillo , R., . . . Pemán , J. (2017). Physiological keys for natural and artificial regeneration of oaks. In Oak Physiological Ecology. Exploring the Functional Diversity of Genus Quercus L. (453-511). Springer.

Gustafson, E. J., De Bruijn, A., Lichti, N. I., Jacobs, D. F., Sturtevant, B. R., Foster, J., . . . Dalgleish, H. J. (2017). The implications of American chestnut reintroduction on landscape dynamics and carbon storage. Ecosphere, 8, e01773.

Khurram, S., Burney, O. T., Morrissey, R. C., & Jacobs, D. F. (2017). Bottles to trees: Plastic beverage bottles as an alternative nursery growing container for reforestation in developing countries. PLOS ONE, 12, e0177904.

Soto, D. P., Jacobs, D. F., Salas, C., Donoso, P. J., Fuentes, C., & Puettmann, K. J. (2017). Light and nitrogen interact to influence regeneration in old-growth Nothofagus-dominated forests in south-central Chile. Forest Ecology and Management, 384, 303-313.

Wallin, E., Grans, D., Jacobs, D. F., Lindstrom, A., & Verhoef, N. (2017). Short-day photoperiods affect expression of genes related to dormancy and freezing tolerance in Norway spruce seedlings. Annals of Forest Science, 74, 59.

Crystal, P. A., Lichti, N. I., Woeste, K. E., & Jacobs, D. F. (2016). Discriminant analyses on vegetative versus adaptive traits predict different outcomes for restoration using hybrids. Frontiers in Plant Science, 7, 1741.

Jacobs, D. F., Dalgleish, H. J., & Nelson, C. D. (2013). A conceptual framework for restoration of threatened plants: the effective model of American chestnut (Castanea dentata) reintroduction. New Phytologist, 197, 378-393.

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