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Douglass F Jacobs

Forestry and Natural Resources 

  • Fred M van Eck Professor of Forest Biology
  • Associate Head Research
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

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

(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.

(2008) Visiting Professor. Technological University of Madrid, Spain.

Selected Publications

Dalgleish, H. J., Nelson, C. D., Scrivani, J. A., & Jacobs, D. F. (2016). Consequences of shifts in abundance and distribution of American chestnut for reintroduction of a foundation forest tree. Forests, 7(4).

Sloan, J. L., Islam, M. A., & Jacobs, D. F. (2016). Reduced translocation of current photosynthate precedes changes in gas exchange for Quercus rubra seedlings under flooding stress. Tree Physiology, 36, 54-62.

Sloan, J. L., Uscola, M., & Jacobs, D. F. (2016). Nitrogen recovery in planted seedlings, competing vegetation, and soil in response to fertilization on a boreal mine reclamation site. Forest Ecology and Management, 360, 60-68.

Jacobs, D. F., Oliet, J. A., Aronson, J., Bolte, A., Bullock, J. M., Donoso, P. J., Landhäusser, S. M., . . . Weber, J. C. (2015). Restoring forests: what constitutes success in the twenty-first century? New Forests, 46, 601-614.

Villar-Salvador, P., Uscola, M., & Jacobs, D. F. (2015). The role of carbohydrate and nitrogen remobilization in the growth and stress tolerance of planted forest trees. New Forests, 46, 813-839.

Brown, C. E., Mickelbart, M. V., & Jacobs, D. F. (2014). Leaf physiology and biomass allocation of American chestnut (Castanea dentata) seedlings in response to light and water availability. Tree Physiology, 34, 1362-1375.

Crystal, P. A., & Jacobs, D. F. (2014). Drought and flood stress tolerance of butternut (Juglans cinerea) and naturally occurring hybrids: Implications for restoration. Canadian Journal of Forest Research, 44, 1206-1216.

De Bruijn, A., Gustafson, E. J., Sturtevant, B. R., Foster, J. R., Miranda, B. R., Lichti, N. I., & Jacobs, D. F. (2014). Toward more robust projections of forest landscape dynamics under novel environmental conditions: embedding PnET within LANDIS-II. Ecological Modelling, 287, 44-57.

De Bruijn, A., Gustafson, E. J., Kashian, D. K., Dalgleish, H. J., Sturtevant, B. R., & Jacobs, D. F. (2014). Decomposition rates of American chestnut (Castanea dentata) wood and implications for coarse woody debris pools. Canadian Journal of Forest Research, 44, 1575-1585.

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.