Michael Jacobson, Ph.D.
Professor of Forest Resources
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Michael Jacobson is a professor of Forest Resources at Penn State's School of Forest Resources. He has extension, teaching and research appointments. In addition, he was appointed an Extraordinary Professor at Stellenbosch University in South Africa in 2007.
Between earning degrees, Michael has worked on international forest policy and economics at the World Bank, USDA International Forestry, and Tropical Forest Foundation. He was a Peace Corps volunteer in Lesotho from 1986-1988. Countries he has worked in include South Africa, Mozambique, Malawi, Namibia, Guinea, Uganda, Ethiopia, Indonesia, Bangladesh, and Costa Rica.
He has over 50 extension and research publications. As part of his extension work he develops programs in forest taxation and finance and more recently in woody biomass and natural gas. He is currently associate editor of Agroforestry Systems.
Michael was born in South Africa and raised there until emigrating to Connecticut in 1977. He is married to Linda Nodine Jacobson and has two daughters.
Bioenergy, sustainable forestry; forest economics, finance, policy, and taxes; agroforestry and non timber forest products; gas taxation, forest certification and incentive programs; and international forestry.
Forest Conservation and Economics FOR 440
Agroforestry FOR 418
Global Forest Conservation FOR 488
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
Grebner, D. M. Jacobson, and M. Fayvan. 2014. Forest ecosystem services and the scourge of invasive species. Journal of Forestry 112 (6):620-623
Jacobson M and D. Ciolkosz (eds). 2013 Wood-Based Energy in the Northern Forests. New York: Springer. 245 pp.
Langholtz, M. and M. Jacobson. 2013 The economic availability of woody biomass feedstocks in the Northeast. In Jacobson M and D. Ciolkosz (eds). Wood-Based Energy in the Northern Forests. New York: Springer
Burhart, E. M. Jacobson, and J. Finley. 2012. A case study of stakeholder perspective and experience with wild American ginseng (Panax quinquefolius) conservation efforts in Pennsylvania, U.S.A.: limitations to a CITES driven, top-down regulatory approach. Biodiversity and Conservation 21:3657-3679
Kar, S.P. and Jacobson, M.G. 2012. Market constraints in NTFP trade: Household perspectives in Bangladesh, International Forestry Review. 14(1): 50-61.
Kar, S. and M. Jacobson. 2012. Non timber forest products (NTFP) income contribution to household economy and related socio-economic factors: Lessons from Bangladesh. Forest Policy and Economics. 14(1):136-142
Kelso, A. and M. Jacobson. 2011. Community Assessment of Agroforestry Opportunities in GaMothiba, South Africa. Agroforestry Systems. 83(3):267-278
Fortney, K. Arano, M. Jacobson, 2011. An Evaluation of West Virginia's Managed Timberland Tax Incentive Program. Forest Policy and Economics. 13(1):69-78.
Greene, J., S. Daniels, M. Kilgore, T. Straka, and M. Jacobson. 2010. Effectiveness of financial incentive programs in promoting sustainable forestry in the West. Western Journal of Applied Forestry. 25(4):186-193.
Daniels, S., M. Kilgore, M. Jacobson, J. Greene, and T. Straka. 2010. Examining the compatibility between forestry incentive programs in the US and the Practice of Sustainable Forest Management. Forests 1(1):49–64.
Jacobson, M., J. Greene, T. Straka, S. Daniels, and M. Kilgore. 2009. Influence and effectiveness of financial incentive programs in promoting sustainable forestry in the South. Southern Journal of Applied Forestry 33(1):35–41.
Ham, C., N. Mander, M. Jacobson, M. Falcao, A. Manjoro, T. Dube, M. Howard, and M. Mander. 2009. Increasing the rural livelihood benefits from natural plant product ventures in Southern Africa: Case study analysis and business model. Ford Foundation.
Cooper, E., and M. Jacobson. 2009. Establishing conservation easements on forested riparian buffers: Opportunities for long-term streamside protection. Small-scale Forestry 8(3):263–268.
Recent Research/Extension Projects:
Predicting the Cumulative and Ecological Impacts of Pests and Pathogens in the Forest of Eastern United States USDA APHIS.
NEWBio: Northeast Woody / Warm-season Biomass Consortium. USDA AFRI
NE Sun Grant Willow Genetic Improvement project
Potential and economic impacts of a regional outbreak of the Asian Longhorned Beetle.
Examining current and future costs and revenues from forest production, oil and gas extraction on Pennsylvania Game Commission Lands. Pennsylvania Legislative Budget and Finance Committee.
Forest stewardship – continuing awareness and knowledge program support (Annual project). USDA Forest Service.
Determining costs, product recovery factors, and environmental impacts of biomass harvest treatments in Central Appalachian Forests. NE SunGrant Initiative.
Increasing the rural livelihood benefits from natural plant product ventures in southern Africa. Ford Foundation.