Jacob D. Washburn, PhD

Research Geneticist


Adjunct Assistant Professor

Plant Science & Technology

Contact Information

Email Jacob.Washburn@usda.gov
Phone 573-355-4786
Address 302-A Curtis Hall
Website Jacob Washburn, USDA-ARS


BS, Biology, Brigham Young University
MS, Plant Breeding, Texas A&M University
PhD, Biological Sciences, University of Missouri


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.