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Jacob Grothjan

Jacob Grothjan

Visiting Assistant Professor of Biology

Dr. Jacob Grothjan’s academic interests are in the field of microbial ecology and based in the microscopic food-web community found within carnivorous pitcher plants. Specifically, he uses bioinformatics to help answer key questions about plant-bound organisms, including taxonomic identification, function and changes in microbial behavior over time.

When teaching, he emphasizes how interconnected different aspects of biology are, no doubt influenced by his research.

When he is not researching or teaching, you can usually find him online, but he also may be painting with acrylics, freshwater fishing or playing video games.


  • B.S., biology, Augsburg University
  • Ph.D., botany/plant biology, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee