California State University Bakersfield


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Dr. Anna L. Jacobsen

Dr Anna Jacobsen at St Marys Lake

Associate Professor

Plant Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Plant Structure-Function


Contact Information:

Department of Biology

California State University Bakersfield

61 SCI

9001 Stockdale Highway

Bakersfield, CA 93311


ajacobsen at csub dot edu







Research Projects

Research Methods


Brief professional biography:


Dr. Anna L. Jacobsen completed her undergraduate studies as a Regents' Scholar at Pepperdine University in Malibu, CA where she conducted research on chaparral shrub anatomy and hydraulic function in the laboratory of Dr. Stephen D. Davis and was awarded a James A. Finnegan Fellowship in 2001.  She graduated from Pepperdine University in 2003 with a B. S. Biology with honors.  In 2003 she was selected as a participant in the Fulbright U.S. Student Program and she spent 2004 living and conducting research in South Africa at Stellenbosch University as a Fulbright Scholar.  Upon returning to the States, she entered graduate school in the Department of Plant Biology at Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI in the laboratory of Dr. Frank W. Ewers.  Her graduate studies were supported by a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship (NSF-GRF) (2004-2007) and a National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant (NSF-DDIG; Division of Environmental Biology DEB-0710020) (2007-2008).  Dr. Jacobsen completed a dual Ph. D. in Plant Biology and Ecology, Evolutionary Biology, & Behavior (EEBB) in 2008.  She was hired as a post-doctoral researcher on a grant funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and awarded to Dr. R. Brandon Pratt at California State University, Bakersfield (2008-2010).  In 2010, she was hired as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biology at California State University, Bakersfield where she has developed an active research program investigating plant hydraulic structure-function.  She was awarded a prestigious National Science Foundation CAREER award in 2013 (NSF-CAREER; Division of Integrative Organismal Systems IOS-1252232) (2013-2018).  Dr. Jacobsen was promoted to Associate Professor in 2014.  She has published numerous scholarly articles in her areas of expertise (list of selected publications).





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