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 Laboratory

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

The Sharma Lab investigates how biotic and abiotic processes interact over spatial, temporal, and taxonomic scales to explain the dynamics of angiosperm populations and communities. Our projects include complementary manipulative and non-manipulative studies in epiphytic and terrestrial plant communities and are supported by national and international funding agencies including NSF, DoD, DoI (USFWS, NPS), IUCN, and NFWF. Students and fellows conduct, analyze, and communicate their research in collaboration with multidisciplinary national and international teams. They have access to field locations in remote areas and renowned scientists along with cutting-edge molecular techniques and laboratory facilities in the U.S. We emphasize special opportunities in team-building, which is an increasingly vital component of science. Further, the students' experiences within our program provide an opportunity to bridge 'basic' ecological and 'applied' studies, two approaches that have historically been isolated but are now moving toward synthesis.


  • PSS 6000 - Research Methods in Plant Science
  • PSS 6001 - Graduate Level Mycorrhizal Symbiosis