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John M. Lhotka, Ph.D.

Associate Professor - Silviculture

University of Kentucky
Department of Forestry

105 T.P.Cooper building
Lexington, KY 40546-0073

  • Phone:  (859) 257-9701
  • Fax:  (859) 323-1031
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  • Ph.D. Silviculture 2006, Auburn University
  • M.S. Forest Resource Management 2001, Southern Illinois University
  • B.S. Forestry 1999, Southern Illinois University

Research Interests
  • Natural regeneration of hardwood and conifer systems
  • Ecology and management of oak dominated forests
  • Relationship between forest canopy structure and the understory environment
  • Influence of forest structure on the development of natural and artificial seedling reproduction
  • Silvicultural implications of invasive plants
  • Development of continuous cover silvicultural systems
  • Restoration of forest communities
  • Quantification of size-density relationships in single and mixed species stands
  • Influence of vertical and horizontal forest structure on tree crown architecture
  • Impact of species composition and canopy structure on stand growth and development
  • Applications of Forest Vegetation Simulator (FVS) in management, research, and education

Selected Publications
  • Craig, J.M., J.M. Lhotka, and J.W. Stringer. In Press. Evaluating initial responses of natural and underplanted oak reproduction and a shade tolerant competitor to midstory removal. Forest Science (Accepted: December 20, 2013).
  • Lhotka, J.M., and J.W. Stringer. 2013. Forest edge effects on Quercus reproduction within naturally regenerated mixed broadleaf stands. Canadian Journal of Forest Research 43(10):911-918.
  • Lhotka, J.M. 2013. Effect of gap size on mid-rotation stand structure and species composition in a naturally regenerated mixed broadleaf forest. New Forests 44(3):311-325.
  • Parrott, D.L., J.M. Lhotka, J.W. Stringer, and D.N. Dillaway. 2012. Seven-year effects of midstory removal on natural and underplanted oak reproduction. Northern Journal of Applied Forestry 29(4):182-190.
  • Brinks, J.S., J.M. Lhotka, C.D. Barton, R.C. Warner, and C.T. Agouridis. 2011. Effects of fertilization and irrigation on American sycamore and black locust planted on a reclaimed surface mine in Appalachia. Forest Ecology and Management 261:640-648.
  • Lhotka, J.M., and E.F. Lowenstein. 2011. An individual-tree diameter growth model for managed uneven-aged oak-shortleaf pine stands in the Ozark Highlands of Missouri, USA. Forest Ecology and Management 261:770-778.
  • Lhotka, J.M., and E.F. Loewenstein. 2008. An examination of species-specific growing space utilization. Canadian Journal of Forest Research 38(3):470-479.
  • Lhotka, John M. and Edward F. Loewenstein. 2008. Influence of canopy structure on the survival and growth of underplanted seedlings. New Forests. 35(1): 89-104.
  • Lhotka, John M. and Edward F. Loewenstein. 2006. Indirect measures of predicting light transmittance along a gradient of riparian forest canopy structures. Forest Ecology and Management. 226: 310-318.  
  • Lhotka, John M. and James J. Zaczek. 2003. Effects of scarification disturbance on the seedling and midstory layer in a successional mixed-oak forest. Northern Journal of Applied Forestry. 20(2): 85-91.

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