Robert B. Jacobson

Robert Jacobson


Adjunct Professor

School of Natural Resources

Research at a glance

Area(s) of Expertise

Research Summary

Fluvial geomorphology; flood hydrology; aquatic habitat dynamics; sediment transport; ecohydrology; adaptive management of large rivers; floodplain ecosystem services.

Robb Jacobson pursues interdisciplinary research in river ecosystems with a focus on large-river ecology, endangered pallid sturgeon, invasive Asian carps, indicators of aquatic ecosystem integrity, and ecosystem services of large-river floodplains. His research efforts are directed toward decision-relevant information needs for management and restoration of large rivers, with an emphasis on the Missouri River. Current research projects include: transport dynamics of pallid sturgeon larvae in the Missouri River; assessments of large-river restoration strategies; evaluation of ecosystem services and resilience provided by levee setbacks; spatial distributions of flooding and flood damages on large, regulated rivers.

Educational background

  • Ph.D., 1986, The Johns Hopkins University, Whiting School of Engineering, Department of Geography and Environmental Engineering.
  • B.A., 1979, Carleton College, Geology