Dr SVEN BATKE

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  • St Helens Road, BioScience

    L39 4QP Ormskirk

    United Kingdom

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PhD projects

1) The Honduran Fern Flora Project
2) Epiphyte ecology

20122022

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Biography

I joined Edge Hill University in 2017 as Lecturer in Biology. In 2015 I received my PhD in Tropical Plant Ecology from Trinity College Dublin, Ireland. My work focused on how high-intensity weather events such as hurricanes can alter tropical epiphytic forest communities. Following on from this, I worked as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow under the mentorship of Prof. Jennifer McElwain at the University College Dublin (UCD), Ireland, where I supported her team as an ecophysiologist and data analyst on a €1.6M Science Foundation Ireland funded research project. My work focused on how future predicted changes in climate will affect plant-atmospheric water feedbacks. Some of my work included running multiple physiological plant growth chamber experiments at the UCD Programme for Experimental Atmospheres and Climate (Péac) facility and the analysis of physiological data from Community Land Model simulations. In 2016 I secured an Irish Research Council Fellowship to investigate how increases in atmospheric CO2 will alter water-relations in tropical epiphytes in the future. 

Research interests

My general research interests include plant ecology, taxonomy and physiology, climate modelling and global change. I have a particular interest in tropical epiphyte and fern ecology. 

Teaching

I am currently teaching on the following modules:

  • Biodiversity 
  • Biology in Practice
  • Research Methods
  • Plant Physiology 
  • Canopy Biology 
  • Plant Diversity 
  • Plants and People
  • Research Dissertation 
  • Restoration & Conservation Planning

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land

Education/Academic qualification

Plant Ecology , PhD, Trinity College Dublin

Wildlife Conservation , BSc, University of Plymouth

Other positions

Research Associate, Zamorano University

16 Apr 2019 → …

Keywords

  • QK Botany
  • Climate Change
  • Ecology
  • Taxonomy
  • Physiology
  • Conservation
  • Epiphytes

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