Professor of Biology
Chief Pre-Health Professions Advisor
B.S. The Pennsylvania State University, 1976
M.S. Ohio State University, 1980
Ph.D., University of Dayton,1985
Office: Bush Science Center, room 369
Field Botany and Florida Ecosystems
Ecological Basis of Environmental Issues
Honors 301 Culture and Food
Careers in Health Sciences
My research interests are in transport and communication in plants. Currently, my lab is investigating chloroplast movement in duckweed and Arabidopsis. We have found a green light response that interferes with blue-light induced chloroplast movement. My past research includes sun-tracking leaf movement in peanut, leaf-closing chemicals in Mimosa, and silverleaf whitefly disorder in squash in collaboration with Dr. H. McAuslane of University of Florida.
Recent Publications and Presentations
- Schmalstig J, *L Johnson, *R Appel, "Green light reverses blue light-induced chloroplast movement," Presented at the Meeting of the Southern Section of the American Society of Plant Biologists, Knoxville, TN, April 10-10, 2010.
- Schmalstig J, *K Jainandan, and *R Appel, “Green light reversal of blue light-induced chloroplast avoidance movement in duckweed and Arabidopsis,” Presented at the meeting of the International Society for Plant Photobiology at the 25th Annual Missouri Plant Biology Symposium, Columbia, MO, May 28-31, 2008.
- *Jainandan, K and J Schmalstig, “Action spectrum for green light reversal of blue-light stimulated chloroplast avoidance,” Presented at the annual meeting of the Southeast section of the American Society of Plant Biologists, Dauphin Island Sea Lab, Mobile, AL, March 2007.
- McAuslane HJ, Chen, J, Carle RB, Schmalstig, JG 2004 Influence of Bemisia argentifolii (Homoptera: Aleyrodidae) Infestation and Squash Silverleaf Disorder on Zucchini Seedling Growth. Journal of Economic Entomology 97:1096-1105.
- Schmalstig, JG, HJ McAuslane 2001 Developmental anatomy of zucchini leaves with squash silverleaf disorder caused by the silverleaf whitefly (Bemisia argentifolii) Journal of Am Hort Soc 126:544-554.
- Schmalstig JG 1997 Light perception for sun-tracking is on the lamina in Crotalaria pallida (Fabaceae). American Journal of Botany 84:308-314.
*Rollins College Students