California State University Bakersfield


Welcome to the Webpage of

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 a post-doctoral researcher on a grant funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation 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) and is a member of the CSUB Center for Research in Excellence in Science and Technology (NSF-HRD CREST 1547784; 2016-2021).  Dr. Jacobsen was promoted to Associate Professor in 2014.  She has published numerous scholarly articles in her areas of expertise (list of selected publications).



CSUB Biology Club:


Dr. Jacobsen is currently serving as the faculty co-advisor (with Dr. R. Brandon Pratt) to the CSUB Biology Student Club (2015-present).  More information about the club and upcoming events and activities may be found here: Biology Club.  Go Runners!

Biology Club officers 2016 CSUB

CSUB Biology Club officers and faculty co-advisors, 2016


CSUB Biology Club at Tejon Ranch 2016

CSUB Biology Club Spring 2016 trip to Tejon Ranch, southern California



Jacobsen lab research highlights, interviews, and press releases:

Sept. 12, 2016 Scientists gather to study the secrets of plants' plumbing. link

Sept. 9, 2016 "Plant-a-thon." link


Selected older items:

June 1, 2015 Memorial research. link

Spring 2013 Science on Fire. link

Dec. 26, 2013 Drought and fire work together to alter California shrub systems. link

Dec. 13, 2012 World's forests at risk of injury from drought. link

June 2010 Sustainable Water Management: Understanding ecology of riparian habitats to enable effective catchment management. link

January 2010 Invasive species and fire in California. link

Spring 2006 Fires in southern California shrublands.  link






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