Mostly interested in answering questions within the plant sciences, especially those questions related to how environmental cues influence and regulate development. Examples of some actively researched problems are: 1) why does herbivory frequently result in over-sized plants compared to their intact counterparts, 2) do larger seeds give rise to larger seedlings, 3) what is the precise influence of legumes in promoting development of grass plants when intercropped, 4) how do PGPR (plant growth promoting rhizobacteria) enhance plant growth, and 5) what is the association among aluminum toxicity, acid rain and forest decline? Courses taught within the Biology Department are mostly focused on structural development: 1) Biology 202 = Structural Plant Development (Developmental Plant Anatomy)and 2) Biology 217 = Evolutionary Survey of the Plant Kingdom (Plant Morphology).


Jan E. Mikesell

Jan E. Mikesell
Professor, Biology

Phone: (717) 337 - 6158

Box: Campus Box 0392

Address: McCreary 225

300 North Washington St.
Gettysburg, PA 17325-1400

BS Western Illinois University, 1965
MA Western Illinois University, 1966
PhD Ohio State University, 1973

Academic Focus:
structural plant development