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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

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

(2013) Dingying Visiting Professor Fellowship. 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.

(2009) Associate Editor. Annals of Forest Science.

(2009) Outstanding Technology Transfer Publication. US Department of Agriculture Forest Service Rocky Mountain Research Station.

(2008) Honor Society of Extension Programming,. Epsilon Sigma Pi,.

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

(2008) Who’s Who in America. Marquis.

Selected Publications

Jacobs, D. (2014). Advances in fertilization for forest regeneration.. National Proceedings: Forest and Conservation Nursery Associations-2013..

Jacobs, D. (2014). Crop planning: propagation protocols, schedules, and records.. In Tropical nursery manual: a guide to starting and operating a nursery for native and traditional plants. (Vol. Agriculture Handbook 732., pp. 66-87).

De Bruijn, A., & Jacobs, D. (2014). Decomposition rates of American chestnut (Castanea dentata) wood and implications for coarse woody debris pools.. Canadian Journal of Forest Research, 44.

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

Jacobs, D. (2014). Effect of nursery photoperiod manipulation on Coastal Douglas-fir seedling root development following planting. National Proceedings: Forest and Conservation Nursery Associations-2013..

Brown, C., Saunders, M., & Jacobs, D. (2014). Effects of root competition on development of oak and chestnut regeneration following midstory removal.. Forestry, 87.

Miller, A., & Jacobs, D. (2014). Exploration of rare popuation of Chinese chestnut in North America: Stand dynamics, health, and genetic relationships. AoB Plants, 6.

Jacobs, D. (2014). Growing media.. In Tropical nursery manual: a guide to starting and operating a nursery for native and traditional plants. (Vol. Agriculture Handbook 732, pp. 100-121).

Jacobs, D. (2014). Hardening. In Tropical nursery manual: a guide to starting and operating a nursery for native and traditional plants. (Vol. Agriculture Handbook 732, pp. 292-301).

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