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Bonnie Jacobs

Professor of Paleobotany


Bonnie Jacobs, Ph.D, a professor of earth sciences, is a noted expert on paleobotany and the historic influence of climate on plant geography and leaf morphology.

Prof. Jacobs: "Fossil plants can be used to understand past climate, which is essential for the testing of climate models used to create scenarios of future climate change. Moreover, the foundation of nearly every ecosystem on Earth is plants . . ."

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 pursuing several research questions related to past climate and paleoecology. Paleoclimate and climate change are directly relevant to environments of human evolution, and tied closely to the evolution of plants and biomes. Her research projects have included field work in Kenya, Tanzania, Ethiopia, and in the U. S., Texas, and New Mexico.

Can Discuss:

  • Climate Change 
  • Paleobotany
  • Paleoclimate
  • Paleoecology
  • Environmental Science
  • Biogeography
  • Ecology
  • Earth Systems

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