Michael Jacobson, Ph.D.

  • Professor of Forest Resources
Michael Jacobson, Ph.D.
309 Forest Resources Building
University Park, PA 16802
Work Phone: 814-865-3994
Fax: 814-865-6275

Areas of Expertise

  • Water Energy Food Nexus
  • Bioenergy
  • Agroforestry
  • Forest Economics and Finance
  • International Forestry
  • Forest Extension
  • Non Timber Forest Products

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  1. B.A., University of Connecticut (1984)
  2. M.E.M, Duke University (1990)
  3. Ph.D., North Carolina State University (1997)

Dr. Michael Jacobson is a professor of Forest Resources in the Department of Ecosystem Science and Management at Penn State. He teaches courses in forest economics, global agricultural systems, agroforestry and international forestry. He has received over 70 grants and contracts and over $4 million in external funding in topics related to forest economics and finance, agroforestry, and bioenergy, invasive species, and land restoration. He has a significant presence in international activities, including experience working in over a dozen countries in Africa. He is an extraordinary professor at Stellenbosch University in South Africa, in addition to having current projects in Kenya, Morocco, and Zambia.

Academic Interests

Water energy food nexus; Bioenergy; sustainable forestry; forest economics, finance, policy, and taxes; agroforestry and non timber forest products; gas taxation, forest certification and incentive programs; private forestry; and international forestry.

Courses Taught

  • Forest Conservation and Economics FOR 440
  • Global Agricultural Systems INTAD 577
  • Agroforestry FOR 418
  • Global Forest Conservation FOR 488

Professional Affiliations

  • Society of American Foresters
  • Association of Natural Resources of Extension Professionals
  • Forest History Society
  • Association for Temperate Agroforestry
  • International Society of Tropical Foresters (ISTF)
  • Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Association