Sven Batke

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Sven Batke, Lecturer

Sven Batke joined Edge Hill University in 2017 as Lecturer in Biology. In 2015 he received his PhD in Tropical Plant Ecology from Trinity College Dublin, Ireland. His work focused on how high-intensity weather events such as hurricanes can alter tropical epiphytic forest communities.

Following on from this, he worked as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow under the mentorship of Prof. Jennifer McElwain at the University College Dublin (UCD), Ireland, where he supported her team as an ecophysiologist and data analyst on a €1.6M Science Foundation Ireland funded research project.

His work focused on how future predicted changes in climate will affect plant-atmospheric water feedbacks. Some of his 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 he then secured an Irish Research Council Fellowship to investigate how increases in atmospheric CO2 will alter water-relations in tropical epiphytes in the future. Sven’s general research interests include plant ecology and physiology, climate modelling and global change.


Presentation slide listing Dr Sven Batke's research activities.

Presentation slide listing Dr Sven Batke’s research activities.

  • Tropical canopy ecology
  • Ecophysiology of epiphytes
  • Soil-plant-atmosphere interactions
  • Plant community ecology
  • Disturbance ecology
  • Climate modelling
  • Taxonomy


Plant Science Programme Leader

  • Biodiversity
  • Field Botany
  • Research Methods in Biology
  • Introduction to Biotechnology
  • Plant Form & Physiology
  • Up-Canopy Biology
  • Plant Diversity
  • Current Issues in Biology
  • Dissertation
  • Conservation Management

Current students:

MRes Alison Evans (2019-2020). Morphology and genome size of diploid taxa in the Dryopteris affinis complex in Britain.

PhD Marianna Murkami (2019-2022). High and dry – how microclimatic changes affect epiphyte plants communities in Brazil.


  • BSc (Hons.) Wildlife Conservation (University of Plymouth)
  • PhD Tropical Plant Ecology (Trinity College Dublin)


Sven Batke
Office Bio104
Biosciences building
Department of Biology
Edge Hill University
Ormskirk, Lancashire
01695 584642

Professional Memberships

  • Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management
  • British Ecological Society
  • Fellow of the Linnean Society


Brown, T., Arrivillaga, C. and Batke, S.P. (2020). Reporting a new locality for Voyria aphylla (Gentianaceae) on Isla de Utila, Honduras. Scientia Hondurensis, 3:1.

Mendieta-Leiva, G., Ramos, F.N., Elias, J.P.C., Zotz, G., Acuña-Tarazona, M., Alvim, F.S., Barbosa, D.E.F., Basílio, G.A., Batke, S.P., Benavides, A.M., Blum, C.T., Boelter, C.R., Brancalion, P.H.S., Carmona, M.J., Carvalho, L.P., de la Rosa-Manzano, E., Einzmann, H.J.R., Fernández, M., Furtado, S.G., de Gasper, A.L., Guzmán-Jacob, V., Hietz, P., Irume, M.V., Jiménez-López, D.A., Kessler, M., Kreft, H., Krömer, T., Machado, G.M.O., Martínez-Meléndez, N., Martins, P.L.S.S., de Macêdo Mello, G., Mendes, A.F., Neto, L.M., Mortara, S.R., Nardy, C., de Paula Oliveira, R., Pereira, A.C.A., Pillaca, L., Quaresma, A.C., Quiel, A.R., Medina, E.S., Taylor, A., Vega, M.S., Wagner, K., Werneck, M.S., Werner, F.A., Wolf, J.H.D., Zartman, C.E., Zuleta, D. & Jímenez-Alfaro, B. (2020). EpIG-DB: A database of vascular epiphyte assemblages in the Neotropics. Journal of Vegetation Science, 00:1–11.

Dallimore, T., Goodson, D., Batke, S.P. & Strode, C. (2020). A potential global surveillance tool for effective, low-cost sampling of invasive Aedes mosquito eggs from tyres using adhesive tape. Parasites & Vectors, 13:91.

Batke, S.P., Yiotis, C., Elliott-Kingston, C., Holohan, A. & McElwain, J.C. (2020). Plant responses to decadal scale increments in atmospheric CO2 concentrations: comparing two stomatal conductance sampling methods. Planta, 251:52.

Murray, M., Soh, W.K., Yiotis, C., Batke, S.P., Parnell, A.C., Spicer, R.A., Lawson, T., Caballero, R., Wright, I.J., Purcell, C. & McElwain, J.C. (2019). Convergence in Maximum Stomatal Conductance of C3 Woody Angiosperms in Natural Ecosystems Across Bioclimatic Zones. Frontiers in Plant Science, doi: 10.3389/fpls.2019.00558.

Batke, S.P., Holohan A., Hayden R., Fricke W., Porter, A.S. & Evans-Fitz.Gerald, C.M. (2018). The Pressure Is On – Epiphyte Water-Relations Altered Under Elevated CO2. Frontiers in Plant Science, doi: 10.3389/fpls.2018.01758.

Batke, S. P., Purcell, C., Yiotis, C., Ccaballero, R., Soh, W. K., Murray, M. & McElwain, J. C. (2018). Increasing stomatal conductance in response to rising atmospheric CO2. Annals of Botany, mcx208-mcx208.

Batke S, Cascante-Marín A, Kelly DL (2016) Epiphytes in Honduras: a geographical analysis of the vascular epiphyte flora and its floristic affinities to other Central American countries Tropical Ecology 57

Elliott-Kingston C, Batke S (2016) Does Size Matter? Atmospheric CO2 May Be a Stronger Driver of Stomatal Closing Rate Than Stomatal Size in Taxa That Diversified under Low CO2. Frontiers in Plant Science 7

Batke SP, Kelly DL (2015) Changes in the distribution of mechanically dependent plants along a gradient of past hurricane impact. AoB Plants

Batke SP, Murphy BR, Hill N, Kelly DL (2015) Can air humidity and temperature regimes within cloud forest canopies be predicted from bryophyte and lichen cover? Ecological Indicators 56: 1-5

Murphy BR, Batke SP, Doohan FM, Hodkinson TR (2015) Media Manipulations and the Culture of Beneficial Fungal Root Endophytes. International Journal of Biology 7: 94-102

Batke S, Stout J (2014) Trinity Centre for Biodiversity Research (TCBR). In In Practice Ed 87. CIEEM, pp 1-7

Batke SP, Jocque M, Kelly DL (2014) Modelling hurricane exposure and wind speed on a mesoclimate scale: a case study from Cusuco NP, Honduras. PLoS ONE 9: e91306

Batke SP, Kelly DL (2014) Tree damage and microclimate of forest canopies along a hurricane-impact gradient in Cusuco National Park, Honduras. Journal of Tropical Ecology 30: 457-467

Batke S, Hill N (2013) First record of Serpocaulon lasiopus (Polypodiaceae) from Mesoamerica. American Fern Journal 103: 182-184

Batke S (2012) A preliminary survey of epiphytes in some tree canopies in Zambia and the Democratic Republic of Congo. African Journal of Ecology 50: 343-354