Dr. Douglass Jacobs has been named as the Fred M. van Eck Professor of Forest Biology by the Purdue University Board of Trustees at their December meeting. The van Eck chair is the first named professorship in the Department of Forestry and Natural Resource’s history and was made possible by an endowment established through a gift from the Fred M. van Eck Forest Foundation for Purdue University.
Dr. Jacobs joined Purdue and the Hardwood Tree Improvement and Regeneration Center in 2001 and has developed a highly productive research program in which he and his research group explore eco-physiological development of young forest trees to facilitate reforestation and ecological restoration. Doug has published over 100 peer-reviewed articles and garnered over $5 million in grant support. Doug also has completed 14 graduate students and 5 postdoctoral scientists, and he serves as editor-in-chief of New Forests. In addition to his research, Dr. Jacobs has built an active extension program and also teaches Dendrology, Forest Regeneration, and portions of FNR Summer Practicum.