Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture and Horticulture
Horticulture, Landscape Architecture

Michael Olszewski, PhD

Michael Olszewski is an expert in horticultural substrates and seed germination. He has practiced as both a plant biologist and scientist before joining Temple’s faculty. 

His extensive research has generated several publications, including entries in the Journal of the American Society for Horticultural Science, HortScience, HortTechnology, Journal of Environmental Horticulture, Seed Science & Technology, Compost Science and Utilization, and Horticulture, Environment and Biotechnology (HEB). He is a member of the American Society for Horticultural Science.

PhD, Plant Science, University of Delaware, 2004
MS, Plant Pathology, Rutgers: The State University of New Jersey, 1996
BS, Biology, Delaware Valley College of Science and Agriculture, 1992

Selected Work
Olszewski, M.W. and S.W. Eisenman. (2017). Influence of biochar amendment on herb growth in a
     Green Roof Substrate. Horticulture, Environment, & Biotechnology 58(4), 406-413.

Eisenman, S.W, & Olszewski, M.W. (2016). Imbibition, germination and anatomy of Amaranthus
     pumilus (seabeach amaranth) seeds. Seed Science & Technology, 44, 1-13.

Olszewski, M.W., D’Agostino, J. A., Groch, A.F., & Vertenten, C.M. (2013). Germination and seed coat
     histology of physically dormant Desmanthus illinoensis seeds. Seed Science and Technology,
, 36-49.

Olszewski, M.W. (2016, June 28). Sieved compost and hydrogel-based method and composition for
     seed priming [Inventor]. Patent #US 9374941 B2.
Olszewski, M.W., & Young, C.A. (2011). Physical and Chemical Properties of Green Roof Media and
     Their Effect on Plant Establishment. Journal of Environmental Horticulture, 29, 81-86.


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