Jacob Washburn

Jacob Washburn


Adjunct Assistant Professor

Division of Plant Science and Technology

Research Geneticist


Research at a glance

Area(s) of Expertise

Research Summary

My lab works on understanding the genetic and physiological basis of plant phenotypes and adaptations to both environmental (drought, heat, etc.) and human imposed conditions (fertilizer, density, monoculture, etc.). We use traditional phenotyping, drones, rovers, physiological instruments, and other methods to evaluate plants in the field, greenhouse, and growth chamber. We apply quantitative genetics, physiological models, and machine/deep learning to biological, evolutionary, and agricultural systems.

Educational background

  • Ph.D., Biological Sciences, University of Missouri
  • M.S., Plant Breeding, Texas A&M University
  • B.S., Biology, Brigham Young University