Texas Tech University

Jyotsna Sharma, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Plant Ecology & Conservation
Plant and Soil Science

Email: jyotsna.sharma@ttu.edu

Phone: (806) 834-2637

Department of Plant and Soil Science 
Texas Tech University
Bayer Plant Science Building, Room 219
2911 15th Street 
Mail Stop 2122 
Lubbock, TX 79409-2122

Jyotsna Sharma

Professional Information

Dr. Sharma received a Summa Cum Laude bachelor’s degree in horticulture and business from the University of Arkansas – Fayetteville. She conducted graduate research in the field of plant ecology at the University of Missouri – Columbia and continued her research training at Iowa State University as a postdoctoral research associate. She is an active, contributing member of IUCN Orchid Specialist Group, Ecological Society of America, Botanical Society of America, Native Orchid Conference, Inc., and the North American Orchid Conservation Center.

Area of Expertise

Plant and mycorrhizal ecology, including that of the Orchidaceae.
Dr. Sharma is interested in understanding the ecological factors influencing the growth, distribution, and diversity of plants and how these factors are influenced by, or in turn influence, mycorrhizal fungi. Both molecular and field-based methods are used to investigate pertinent questions with respect to plant ecology and conservation, symbiotic plant-fungal interactions, and plant and fungal ecological genetics.


  • PSS 1411 - Introductory Plant Science
  • PSS 6001 - Graduate Level Mycorrhizal Symbiosis

Additional Links

Positions Available in Lab:

2017 NSF REU Undergraduate Research Position – now open! 

(Filled) Graduate Research Assistant, Orchid Mycorrhizal Ecology
(Filled) NSF REU Undergraduate Summer Position

(Filled) Postdoctoral Research Associate

(Filled) Laboratory Assistant Position

(filled 30 June 2014 ) Sharma_M.S._Fall_2014

(Filled) Sharma_TTU_Ph.D_Summer_2014

(Filled) Part-time Lab Assistant Position

(Filled 1/8/2013) Graduate Research Assistant, Orchid Mycorrhizal Ecology

(Filled 1/8/2013) Graduate Research Assistant, Conservation Genetics

Department of Plant and Soil Science