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Chemical Ecology Area of Study for M.S., M.P.S. or Ph.D. in Environmental BiologyWith the Department of Chemistry

chemical ecology Apply

Chemical ecologists study organismal interactions, both intra- and interspecific, mediated by chemical substances. These interactions occur among microbes, plants, and animals. Study of such interactions typically involves joint efforts of biologists and chemists in basic and applied research in the laboratory and field. The application of chemical ecology has contributed significantly to reduced pesticide use and improved yields in forestry and agriculture while protecting the environment from harmful contaminants.

The study of chemical ecology is offered through collaboration between the Department of Environmental Biology and the Department of Chemistry. Interested students should apply to the department of major interest. Faculty from both areas contribute to the development of a plan of study enabling each student to acquire advanced skills in either biology or chemistry and an ample understanding of the other field to grapple with problems requiring an understanding of both.

Participating Faculty

  • Gregory L. Boyer; glboyer@esf.edu
    biochemistry and environmental chemistry, plant and algal biochemistry, chemical ecology and toxins produced by algae. environmental monitoring, including Buoy and ship-based monitoring systems for water quality
  • Jose L. Giner; jlginer@syr.edu
    organic and natural products chemistry, sterol synthesis, natural products
  • Hyatt Green; hgreen@esf.edu
    molecular microbial ecology, eDNA, microbial water quality, microbial source-tracking, SARS-CoV-2 in wastewater, forest soil nitrification, Hg-methylation
  • Mark A. Teece; mteece@esf.edu
    environmental chemistry, food web biochemistry, stable isotope biogeochemistry, coral, stable isotopes, metabolomics, biogeochemistry
  • Francis X. Webster; fwebster@esf.edu
    pheremone chemistry, chemical ecology, organic chemistry

Current Graduate Students in Chemical Ecology

Current Students Only currently registered students appear — new names appear at start of academic year

Daniel Collins

Chemical Ecology
Degree Sought: MPS
Advisor(s): Newman

Graduate Research Topic
My research regards the effectiveness of therapeutic horticulture with military veterans in Central New York. Primarily, whether or not such programs can improve the mood of a patient in the hospital, and can we predict which populations would benefit from such a program.

Favorite Quote
“How did it get so late so soon? It's night before it's afternoon. December is here before it's June. My goodness how the time has flewn. How did it get so late so soon?” - Dr. Seuss

Abby Webster

Chemical Ecology
Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Razavi