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Environmental Horticulture Graduate Program

Environmental Horticulture Graduate Program

Alexander Schaller / Ph.D. Environmental Horticulture

Alexander Schaller is a Ph.D. student in the Environmental Horticulture Department. Growing up he has always held a fascination for the natural world, especially plants. He received his bachelor’s degree in Plant Science and Agricultural Economics and Management from the University of Arizona. During his time at the University of Arizona, he worked in numerous different labs ranging from controlled environment agriculture to plant genomics looking to gain experience in a wide array of plant science topics. Upon graduating from the University of Arizona he moved to Washington to complete his Masters in Horticulture at Washington State University where he worked on Apple genetics. His thesis looked to develop a method that would allow genotypic information to be deduced from SNP haplotypes. Something that could not only be done for apple, but also expanded to other crops that had SNP arrays. Currently he is a graduate student under Dr. Deng looking at improvement of pomegranates grown in the southeastern United States, not only through genetic approaches, but horticultural practices as well. Outside of work and school he enjoys exploring, photography and plant collecting.

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Zhanao Deng

Alexander Schaller

    • 2013-2017 Bachelors of Science in Plant Science and Agricultural Economics and Management, University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona
    • 2018-2020 Masters of Science in Horticulture, Washington State University, Pullman, Washington
    • 2020-Present Ph.D. in Environmental Horticulture University of Florida
    • Grinter Fellowship (2020-Present)

    My Ph.D. research under Dr. Zhanao Deng looks to improve growth of pomegranates in the southeastern United States through a combination of genetics and horticultural practices. This will include introducing new horticultural practices to encourage earlier production, identifying cultivars that show resistance to the many fungal pathogens of pomegranate as well as working to understand the genetic inheritance of important traits.