Retired Faculty
2009 - Present

Louis L. Jacobs 
Dedman College  2018

Louis L. Jacobs, Professor of Earth Sciences in Dedman College, joined the faculty in 1983. He earned a B.S. degree at the University of Southwestern Louisiana, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees at the University of Arizona. He has served as president of ISEM at SMU since 2000, and from 1987-2000 served as director of the Shuler Museum of Paleontology at SMU. In 2015, Professor Jacobs received the prestigious Laurence Perrine Phi Beta Kappa Award, and in 2006 was named SMU's Scholar/Teacher of the Year. His field research has been extensive, occurring in Angola, Antarctica, Cameroon, Israel, Kenya, Malawi, Mexico, Mongolia, Mozambique, Pakistan, and Yemen, as well as the United States. Since 2005 he has been co-leader of Projecto PaleoAngola, undertaken cooperatively with Agostinho Neto University, Luanda, to investigate the environmental and climatic effects of the opening of the South Atlantic Ocean on the evolution of life in the sea and on land. Projecto PaleoAngola will be a featured exhibit this year at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History, in Washington D.C. Dr. Jacobs has published over 130 peer-reviewed articles and three books, including a children's book about dinosaurs. Nine fossil species have been named after him. He retires as Professor Emeritus of Earth Sciences.