Dr. Michael Olszewski is an Assistant Professor of Horticulture. His expertise is in horticultural substrates and seed germination, with work experience as a plant biologist and scientist.
He received his doctorate degree in Plant and Soil Sciences from the University of Delaware in 2004. He received a B.S. in Biology from Delaware Valley College of Science and Agriculture and an M.S. in Plant Pathology from Rutgers University.
Dr. Olszewski has a substantial background in horticulture industry. Prior to joining the faculty at Temple, he was a Plant Biologist for Aquatrols Corporation for 6 years. He became Senior Staff Scientist at QPS in 2005. He also spent two years as a teaching assistant at the University of Delaware, teaching courses in botany and plant pathology.
His extensive funded research has generated several publications, including entries in the Journal of the American Society for Horticultural Science, Seed Technology, and the Journal of Horticultural Science and Biotech. He is a member of the American Society of Horticultural Science and the Ohio Floriculture Association.
Ph.D., Plant Science, University of Delaware, 2004
M.S., Plant Pathology, Rutgers: The State University of New Jersey, 1996
B.S., Biology, Delaware Valley College of Science and Agriculture, 1992
Areas of Expertise
Seed Science and Technology
Other Professional Interests
Courses Currently Taught
BOT 1111 General Botany
BOT 1112 Plant Ecology
HORT 2324 Plant Propagation
HORT 2982 Honors Projects in Horticulture
HORT 3423 Applied Entomology
American Society for Horticultural Science
Olszewski, M.W., J. A. D’Agostino, A.F. Groch, and C.M. Vertenten. 2013. Germination and
seed coat histology of physically dormant Desmanthus illinoensis seeds. Seed Science and Technology 41:36-49.
Olszewski, M.W., R.S. Goldsmith, E.K. Guthrie, and C.A. Young. 2012. Use of Sieved Compost for Solid Matrix Priming of Carrot Seeds. Compost Science and Utilization :20: 5-10.
Olszewski, M.W., and C.A. Young. 2011. Physical and Chemical Properties of Green Roof Media and Their Effect on Plant Establishment. Journal of Environmental Horticulture: 29:81-86.
Olszewski, M.W., C. A. Young, and J.B. Sheffield. 2010. Germination and Seedling Growth of Desmanthus illinoensis and Desmodium canadense in response to mechanical scarification. HortScience 45:1554-1558.
Olszewski, M.W., M. H. Holmes, and C. A. Young. 2010. Assessment of Physical Properties and Stonecrop Growth in Green Roof Substrates Amended with Compost and Hydrogel. HortTechnology 20: 438-444.
Olszewski, M.W. and G. J. Folin. 2009. Germination responses of purpletop and big bluestem caryopses subjected to distilled water or potassium nitrate prechilling, sodium hypochlorite, and storage. HortScience 44:1407-1411.
Olszewski, M.W., T.A. Trego, and R. Kuper. 2009. Effects of peat moss substitution with arboretum and greenhouse waste compost for use in container media. Compost Science and Utilization 17:151-157.
Olszewski, M.W., W.G. Pill, D.A. Scheiblin and K.J. Czymmek. 2009. Use of confocal microscopy to relate germination vigour to embryo morphology of dormant and non-dormant purpletop (Tridens flavus). Seed Science and Technology 37:52-58.
Olszewski, M.W., S. J. Danan, and T.J. Boerth. 2008. Effects of enhanced APG surfactant on leaching and wettability of six bark substrates. HortTechnology 18:295-300.
Olszewski, M.W., W.G. Pill, T.A. Pizzolato, and J.D. Pesek. 2005. Priming duration influences anatomy and germination responses of parsley mericarps. J Amer. Soc. Hort. Science 130:754-758.
Olszewski, M.W., T.A. Evans, N.F. Gregory, and W. G. Pill. 2005. Enhanced germination of primed mericarps of parsley limited by Alternaria alternata proliferation. J. Hort. Science and Biotech. 80:427-432.
Olszewski, M.W., W.G. Pill, and T.A. Pizzolato. 2004. Germination and embryo anatomy of osmotically primed parsley schizocarps. J. Amer. Soc. Hort. Science 129:876-880.
Pill, W.G., T.A. Evans, M.W. Olszewski, R.P. Mulrooney and W.E. Kee. 2005. The 'Maffei 15' Lima Bean compensates for reduced plant stand. HortScience 40:2024-2025.
Birmingham, A.M., E.A. Buzby, D.L. Davis, E.R. Benson, J.L. Glancey, W.G. Pill, T.A. Evans, R.P. Mulrooney and M.W. Olszewski. 2004. A precision planter for large seeds in small plots. HortTechnology 14: 574-6.
Lee, J.S., W.G. Pill, B.B. Cobb and M. Olszewski. 2004. Seed treatments to advance greenhouse establishment of beet and chard microgreens. . J. Hort. Science and Biotech. 79: 565-570.
Olszewski, M.W., W.G. Pill, and T.A. Pizzolato. 2005. A modified chromosome squash technique to determine mitotic activity in primed mericarps. Seed Technology 27:101-103.
Kuper, R. and M. Olszewski. 2010. Bringing down the roof. Landscape Architect and Specifier News 26:86-92.