Retired Faculty
2009 - Present

Bonnie Fine Jacobs 
Dedman College  2021

Bonnie Fine Jacobs, professor of earth sciences at Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, joined SMU as an adjunct assistant professor in 1983, and as a tenure-track assistant professor in the Roy M. Huffington Department of Earth Sciences in 2000. She earned a B.A. degree in geology/anthropology at the State University of New York at Buffalo as well as M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in geosciences from the University of Arizona. During her time at SMU, she served as the Director of the Center for the Environment and the environmental science and studies programs. Her research on the evolution of tropical African ecosystems and their paleoecology is important to our understanding of paleoclimate, environments of human evolution, tropical forest sensitivity to climate change, and the evolution of Africa's unique flora. Professor Jacobs' research has included projects in Kenya, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Cameroon, Malawi, Texas and New Mexico. She retires from SMU as professor emerita of earth sciences.