Chemical Ecology

The ecology of chemical defenses, communication, and biosynthesis. Subjects range from how available chemical resources affect ecosystem processes to how organisms produce chemical compounds.


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Centers, Labs, and Projects

Aluwihare Lab: Chemistry & Biology of Ocean Organic Matter
Organic molecules in natural waters can help us to understand the global cycling of biologically important elements like carbon, nitrogen and phosphorus.
Center for Marine Biotechnology and Biomedicine (CMBB)
Research programs focus on marine biomedicine and marine drug discovery, with an emphasis on cancer and both infectious and inflammatory diseases.
Coral Reef Systems
A working group of scientists united by an integrated, interdisciplinary approach to studying coral reefs across gradients of anthropogenic stress.
Diaz Lab
Broadly, our goal is to understand how interactions between the geochemistry and microbiology of the ocean shape the natural world, including global climate and natural resources.
Choy Lab
Research in our lab traces the flow of organic matter through marine ecosystems, focusing on the trophic connectivity of species and assemblages in deep pelagic waters.

Recent Publications

James, A. K.; Washburn, L.; Gotschalk, C.; Maritorena, S.; Alldredge, A.; Nelson, C. E.; Hench, J. L.; Leichter, J. J.; Wyatt, A. S. J.; Carlson, C. A.
Stephens, B. M.; Wankel, S. D.; Beman, J. M.; Rabines, A. J.; Allen, A. E.; Aluwihare, L. I.