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Thomas Poe Cooper Building 730 Rose Street Lexington, KY 40546-0073

Sybil Gotsch

Sybil Gotsch

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Sybil Gotsch

Associate Professor of Forest Ecophysiology

Faculty
103 Thomas Poe Cooper Building 730 Rose Street Lexington, KY 40546-0073

Last Revised: Mar 18th, 2024

Professional Biography

Research in the Gotsch lab lies at the interface between ecohydrology, plant physiology and ecosystem ecology. We study the water relations of plant communities and are interested in understanding how climate change will impact plant community structure and ecosystem function. Our group is currently conducting research on the physiological mechanisms that confer success and failure in response to drought and we then build upon those research findings to understand how potential changes in water use or community structure will affect the hydrologic cycle. The majority of our research efforts to date have been focused on understanding how decreases in water availability will affect the structure and function of Tropical Montane Cloud Forests of Central and South America. Starting in the summer of 2023, our lab group will expand our research efforts to address these types of questions in the forests of Central and Southern Appalachia. 

We are currently recruiting undergraduate and graduate students to join our lab. If you are interested, please reach out! 

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Education

Ph.D., Ecology and Evolution, Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NY, 2006
B.A., Biological Sciences, Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, MA, 1997
Rainforest Ecology, School for Field Studies, Queensland Australia, 1996

Course Instruction

FOR 340: Forest Ecology (4)
Course Description: The study of the forest as a biological community, covering ecosystem concepts such as energy flow, forest nutrition, nutrient cycling, and decomposition. Interrelationships between trees and other organisms comprising the community is also examined through concepts of disturbance, succession, population dynamics, biological and ecosystem diversity, ecosystem management, and ecosystem services. Labs may be conducted in an outdoor forest setting often in steep terrain and inclement weather.

Term(s) Taught: Fall

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Thomas Poe Cooper Building 730 Rose Street Lexington, KY 40546-0073