Sven Batke

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.


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


  • Biodiversity
  • Life on the Edge
  • Field Botany


  • 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
  • Royal Statistical Society


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