RESEARCH INTERESTS

  • Biology of rare and endangered plant species (including Amaranthus pumilus, Triantha spp., Dichanthelium hirstii)
  • Medicinal plants and natural products
  • The flora of Central Asia
  • Under-utilized plant species with economic potential
  • Taxonomy and systematics
  • Population genetics and cytogenetics
  • Nectar traits of hummingbird attracting Salvia species
  • Ultraviolet photography
  • Green infrastructure and ecophysiology
  • Field botany and floristics
  • Botanical history
  • Phytomimetic architecture

PUBLICATIONS
Medicinal Plants of Central Asia: Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan is the first English-language book detailing medicinal plant diversity in the region. More than two hundred of the most important medicinal plants of Central Asia are listed and it includes many whose medicinal uses and activities are being compiled for the first time.  Information on the taxonomy, morphology, ecology, ethnobotany, chemistry, and pharmacology of plants from this region are presented with hundreds of beautiful color photographs. The book is co-authored by scientists from Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan and the U.S. and draws upon a rich source of local knowledge. The extensive English-Russian linguistic glossary to ecological, botanical, chemical, and medical terms is the first of its kind for this type of book.
http://www.springer.com/life+sciences/biochemistry+%26+biophysics/book/978-1-4614-3911-0

The book received a very favorable review in Economic Botany 68(1): 116.

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The Russian/Kyrgyz Language edition was just released (Nov. 2014) in association with the 60th anniversary of the National Academy of Sciences of the Kyrgyz Republic.

PEER-REVIEWED ARTICLES
Charpentier, V., Hannequart, P., Adriaenssens, S., Baverel O., Viglino, E., and S.W. Eisenman. 2017. Kinematic amplification strategies in plants and engineering. Smart Materials and Structures 26 https://doi.org/10.1088/1361-665X/aa640f

Olszewski, M.W., and S.W. Eisenman. SW. 2017. Influence of biochar amendment on herb growth in green roof substrate. Horticulture, Environment, and Biotechnology. Vol 58(4): 406–413.

Eisenman, S.W. and M.W. Olszewski. 2016. Imbibition, germination and anatomy of Amaranthus pumilus (seabeach amaranth) seeds. Seed Science and Technology, Vol 44 (1):91–103.

Eisenman, S.W. 2015. Some nomenclatural adjustments and typifications for almond species in the genus Prunus sensu lato (Rosaceae). Phytotaxa 222 (3):185–198. OPEN ACCESS
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.11646/phytotaxa.222.3.2

Degteva, S.V., Ponomarev, V.I., Eisenman,  S.W., and V. Dushenkov. 2015. Striking the balance: Challenges and perspectives for the protected areas network in northeastern European Russia. AMBIO 44(6): 473-490.
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/ 10.1007/s13280-015-0636-x

Zaurov, D.E., Eisenman, S.W., Ford, T., Khokhlov, S., Kenjebaev, S., Shalpykov, K.T. and C.R. Funk. 2015. Genetic Resources of Almond Species in the Former USSR. HortScience 50:18-29.

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Eisenman, S.W., Juliani, H.R., Struwe, Lena and J. Simon. 2013. Variation in the essential oil composition of North American populations of wild tarragon (Artemisia dracunculus L.). Industrial Crops and Products Vol. 49:220–232.

Eisenman, S.W. 2013. The historical collection locality referred to as Egg Harbor, New Jersey. Bartonia 66: 61-70.

Zaurov, D.E., Molnar, T.J., Eisenman, S.W., Ford, T.M., Mavlyanova, R.F., Capik, J.M., Funk, C.R. and J.C. Goffreda. Genetic Resources of Apricots (Prunus armeniaca L.) in Central Asia. 2013. HortScience Vol. 48(6):681-691.

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Eisenman, S.W., Tucker, A.O. and L. Struwe. 2012.  Voucher specimens are essential for documenting source material used in medicinal plant investigations. Journal of Medicinally Active Plants, Vol. 1:30-43.

Eisenman, S.W., Poulev, A., Struwe, L., Ribnicky, D.M. and I. Raskin. 2011. Qualitative variation of anti-diabetic compounds in different wild tarragon (Artemisia dracunculus L.) cytotypes. Fitoterapia, Vol. 82(7): 1062-1074.

Novy, A., Eisenman, S.W. and J. Grabosky. 2011. A passion for forestry and Metasequoia: A tribute to John E. Kuser. Proceedings of the 3rd Metasequoia Symposium, August 3-8, 2010, Osaka, Japan. Special issue of the Japanese Journal of Historical Botany, Volume 19 (1-2): 69-74.

Eisenman, S.W. and L. Struwe. 2011. The global distribution of wild tarragon (Artemisia dracunculus L.; Asteraceae) cytotypes with twenty-seven new records from North America. Genetic Resources and Crop Evolution, Volume 58(8): 1199-1212.

Khanazarov, A.A., Chernova, G.M., Rakhmonov, A.M., Nikolyi, L.V., Ablaeva, E., Zaurov, D.E., Molnar, T.J., Eisenman, S.W. and C.R. Funk. 2009. Genetic resources of Pistacia vera L. in Central Asia. Genetic Resources and Crop Evolution, Volume 56(3): 429-443.

Ibragimov, P.Sh., Avtonomov, V.A., Amanturdiev, A.B., Namazov, S.E., Zaurov, D.E., Molnar, T.J., Eisenman, S.W., Orton, T.J., Funk, C.R. and A.E. Percival, Jr. 2008. Uzbek Scientific Research Institute of Cotton Breeding and Seed Production: Breeding and Germplasm Resources. Journal of Cotton Science, Vol. 12(2): 62-72.

BOOKS AND BOOK CHAPTERS
Eisenman, S.W.
, Zaurov, D.,  Shalpykov, K.T. and L. Struwe (Eds.). 2014. Орто Азиянын дары осумдуктору: Озбекстан жана Кыргызстан – Лекарственные растения Средний Азии: Узбекистан и Кыргызстан [Orto Aziyanin dari osumduktoru: Ozbekistan jana Kyrgyzstan – Lekarstvennie rasteniya Sredniy Azii: Uzbekistan i Kyrgyzstan. Medicinal plants of Central Asia: Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan.] Imak Ofset. Bishkek. (In Kyrgyz and Russian).

Eisenman, S.W. 2014. The Botany of Mitragyna speciosa and related species. pp. 57-76. In: R.B. Raffa et al. (eds.)  Kratom and Related Compounds: Chemistry and Pharmacology of Opioids from a Non-Opium Source. CRC Press, Boca Raton.

Zaurov, D.E., Molnar, T.J., Capik, J., Nikolyi, L.V. Sardorov, M.N., Ford, T. and S.W. Eisenman. 2014. Persian walnuts (Juglans regia L.) in Central Asian countries: Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan. pp. In: Following Walnut Footprints – Cultivation and Culture, Folk and History, Traditions and Uses, Scripta Horticulturae no. 17. International Society for Horticultural Science, Leuven.

Eisenman, S.W., Zaurov, D. and L. Struwe (Eds.). 2013. Medicinal Plants of Central Asia: Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan. Springer Science+Business Media, New York.

Akimaliev, D.A., Zaurov, D.E. and S.W. Eisenman. Geography, climate and vegetation of Kyrgyzstan. pp. 1-3.

Belolipov, I.V., Zaurov, D.E. and S.W. Eisenman. Geography, climate and vegetation of Uzbekistan. pp. 5-7.

Zaurov, D.E., Belolipov, I.V., Kurmukov, A.G., Sodembekov, I., Akimaliev, A.A. and S.W. Eisenman. Medicinal Plants of Central Asia: Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan. pp. 15-273.

NON-REFEREED PUBLICATIONS
Olszewski, M.W., Clarke, L.D. and S.W. Eisenman. Growing herbs on rooftops. 2016. The Herbarist 82: 40-43.

Eisenman, S.W. and L. Struwe. 2013. David E. Fairbrothers. Bartonia 66: 74-77. [obituary]

Eisenman, S.W. 2013. Spring Wildflowers of the Northeast: A Natural History by Carol Gracie with a forward by Eric Lamont. Bartonia 66: 80-81. [book review]

Eisenman, S.W. and L. Struwe. 2013. David E. Fairbrothers (1925-2012). Taxon Vol. 62(2): 420-421 + electronic supplement. [obituary and bibliography]

Molnar, T.J., Zaurov, D.E., Capik, J.M., Eisenman, S.W., Ford, T., Nikolyi, L.V. and C.R. Funk.  2011.  Persian Walnuts (Juglans regia L.) in Central Asia. 101st Annual Report of the Northern Nut Growers Association, September 2011.

TEACHING MATERIAL AND PUBLICATIONS

Eisenman, S.W. 2009. Guide to plant collecting for herbarium specimen preparation: Information for students taking Plant Systematics at Rutgers University. Rutgers University, New Brunswick

Struwe, L., Dushenkov, S., Eisenman, S.W., Tadych, M. and I. Raskin. 2007. International education in biodiversity and biodocumentation – collaborative approaches. pp. 272-280 in Ecological Characteristics of Biodiversity. Khorog, Tajikistan: Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Tajikistan. The Third Republican Scientific Conference “Ecological characteristic of biological diversity”: International Pamir Biodiversity Conference, Khorog City, Tajikistan, July 25-26, 2007.

COURSES CURRENTLY TAUGHT

SPRING SEMESTER
BOT 2121: Plant Physiology -The overall goal of this course is for students to gain an understanding of the basic physiological mechanisms associated with plant growth. This will include topics such as plant morphology, plant cell and genome structure and organization, water relations, mineral nutrition, photosynthesis and respiration, growth and development, and hormonal signaling.

HORT 2114: Soils -Understanding soils is fundamental to many different disciplines including horticulture, landscape architecture and environmental science. In this course and lab, students gain a basic understanding of soil science. Topics covered include soil formation and classification; the physical, chemical, and biological properties of soils and how a soil functions within an environment. Students learn the science behind good soil management and become familiar with soil issues locally and on a global scale. Laboratories consist of a mixture of indoor and outdoor activities. An on campus soil pit serves as the source of soil for extensive laboratory analyses.

FALL SEMESTER
BOT 3122: Applied Plant Physiology -This course reviews major plant functions and physiological activities with a focus on the the physiological/molecular mechanisms of plant adaptation to various environmental stresses. In order to observe the effects of environmental stresses and other aspects of plant physiology, students will conduct research experiments and write lab reports detailing their findings.

HORT 4896: Senior Seminar -Senior Seminar is the writing-intensive capstone for the major in horticulture. Students select a horticulture-based topic and prepare a research paper that adequately reviews both historical and current aspects of the topic selected. At the end of the semester, each student gives a presentation and prepare a poster based on their research paper. The fields of horticulture and plant science are very broad categories and contain a wide variety of sub-disciplines. In this seminar course invited guest presenters from universities and the horticultural industry introduce students to current research topics and methods in the field of plant science. In preparation for the job market after graduation, students produce both a cover letter and resume and will improve these documents through the process of revision. Representatives from regional botanical gardens, arboreta, farms etc. speak about their institutions and the internship opportunities that are available.

EITHER SEMESTER
HORT 2883: Directed Studies in Horticulture
HORT 2982: Honors Project in Horticulture

SELECTED SERVICE ACTIVITIES

Bartonia
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I currently serve as the editor for Bartonia, the journal of the Philadelphia Botanical Club. In publication since 1909, the journal was named for William P. C. Barton (1786-1856), Professor of Botany at the University of Pennsylvania and author of the first local flora, Compendium Florae Philadelphicae (1818). He was the nephew of physician and botanist Benjamin Smith Barton, who mentored the explorer Meriwether Lewis. The journal began as an annual abstract of the Club’s proceedings with short articles on the plants of the Philadelphia area. Its scope has broadened to encompass original research in plant systematics, plant ecology, and plant conservation biology with articles on floristics, distribution, methods, biography, bibliography, history of botanical exploration, and other topics of botanical interest ranging throughout—and well beyond—the mid-Atlantic region.
For more information visit http://darwin.ansp.org/hosted/botany_club/bartonia.html

Pi Alpha Xi
I serve as faculty advisor for Pi Alpha Xi, Alpha Mu, the Temple University chapter of the National Horticulture Honor Society. As faculty advisor I have helped the students organize the group, conduct fundraisers, and arrange fieldtrips, workshops and guest lectures. In this capacity I have also been one of primary organizers of the Temple Ambler Annual Plant Sale, a tradition that dates back to early days of the Campus.  This fund raiser provides revenue for the student group, as well as for the Ambler Arboretum of Temple University. Over the last few years, proceeds from the sale have paid for permanent labels for a number of the plant teaching collections throughout the arboretum. The group and I have coordinated a number of Ambler Campus Sustainability Field Days where we and other volunteers remove invasive species on the Campus and replant the areas with native trees and shrubs which are donated by PAX. We have also run an educational activity every year in “Planting Seeds of Learning” tent at EarthFest. With PAX, we have also arranged a paid internship for a PAX member at the Greenland Nursery, which is part of the Fairmount Park system.

Diamond Research Scholar Program and Creative Arts, Research, And Scholarship (CARAS) Program Mentor
Hands-on laboratory training in molecular genetics and field training in plant collection and documentation in the New Jersey Pine Barrens.

Water relations of trees growing in a Green Infrastructure (GI) storm water trench

Quantitative nectar analysis of Salvia species preferred by Ruby-throated Hummingbirds

Manuscript and proposal reviewer
I have conducted manuscript reviews for PhytotaxaSystematic Botany, Industrial Crops and Products, HortScience, and American Botanical Council’s HerbClip™ Education Service, and proposals for American Society of Plant Taxonomists Graduate Research Grants

Media
Featured on WHYY’s radio show, The Pulse. Speaking about the physiological implications of forcing plants for the Philadelphia Flower Show.
http://www.newsworks.org/index.php/local/healthscience/78478-making-spring-come-early-for-the-philly-flower-show-photos

Contact information
Sasha W. Eisenman, Ph.D.
Temple University
Department of Landscape Architecture and Horticulture
201 Dixon Hall
580 Meetinghouse Road
Ambler, PA 19002
Email: eisenman@temple.edu
Phone: 267-468-8168
Fax: 267-468-8188