Seeking insights into climate change

Bonnie Jacobs
Professor of Paleobotany in Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences

Bonnie Jacobs, a noted expert in paleobotany, connects prehistoric climate and paleoecology to today’s changing climate conditions. Her research centers on the study of fossil plants, ranging in size from microscopic cells to macroscopic leaves, fruits, seeds and wood. Within paleobotany, she is researching past climate and paleoecology. Her projects have included fieldwork in Kenya, Tanzania, Ethiopia, and in the U. S., Texas, and New Mexico.

Professor Jacobs is currently working with SMU students to study the early history of the Great Trinity Forest in Dallas.

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The Dallas Observer on Professor Jacobs’ work with SMU students studying the Great Trinity Forest:

Professor Jacobs shares what inspired her to pursue the study of prehistoric plants for the Perot Museum of Nature & Science’s Career Inspiration Stories:

Professor Jacobs blogs for the “Scientists at Work, Notes From the Field” series in The New York Times:

Professor Jacobs profiled as one of Dallas’ Big Thinkers by D Magazine:

Bonnie Jacobs’ bio: