Professor of Silviculture
Director of Undergraduate Studies
210 Thomas Poe Cooper Building
Lexington, KY 40546-0073

(859) 257-9701

Courses Taught

  • FOR 350 Silviculture
  • FOR 358 Silvicultural Practices
  • FOR 480 Integrated Forest Resource Management


Ph.D. Silviculture 2006, Auburn University

M.S. Forest Resource Management 2001, Southern Illinois University

B.S. Forestry 1999, Southern Illinois University

Research Interests

  • Ecology and management of oak dominated forests
  • Irregular and gap-based silvicultural systems
  • Modeling tree- and stand-level growth in a silvicultural context and under changing climates
  • Linkage among forest structure, understory environment, and development of tree reproduction
  • Effects of thinning and intermediate stand treatments on tree growth and recruitment
  • Quantification of canopy structure and forest microclimates in single and mixed species stands
  • Natural and artificial regeneration of forest communities
  • Reforestation and reclamation of disturbed lands
  • Woody biomass production and utilization for bioenergy


Photo of John Lhotka