Michael Jacobson

Michael Jacobson

Professor of Forest Resources

Chair of Forest Ecosystem Management Program

Extension Specialist

309 Forest Resources Building
University Park, PA 16802

Phone: (814) 865-3994


Area(s) of Specialization: Water energy food nexus, Bioenergy, Sustainable forestry, Forest economics, finance, policy and taxes, Agroforestry and non timber forest products, Gas taxation, forest certification and incentive programs, Private forestry, International forestry, Liberi


Dr. Michael Jacobson is a professor of Forest Resources in the Department of Ecosystem Science and Management at Penn State. He teaches courses in forest economics, global agricultural systems, agroforestry and international forestry. He has received over 70 grants and contracts and over $4 million in external funding in topics related to forest economics and finance, agroforestry, and bioenergy, invasive species, and land restoration. He has a significant presence in international activities, including experience working in over a dozen countries in Africa. He is an extraordinary professor at Stellenbosch University in South Africa, in addition to having current projects in Kenya, Morocco, and Zambia.