Search for “Chemical Ecology Stories” in the Forest or Other Ecosystem

  • Dietland Müller-Schwarze


Near the end of the course, all course participants have not only mastered procedures in the laboratory, but also developed an eye for potential “chemical ecology stories” in their outdoor surroundings. Depending on geographic location, this can be the seashore, grasslands, agricultural fields, a lake, or a riverbank. Given our location, the students went into the woods surrounding our field station in teams of two for 1 or 2 h and explored. After their explorations, we gathered in the field classroom and teams reported their findings, interpretations, and research ideas. Instructor and the entire class discussed what they had seen. The instructor can elaborate on their ideas and fill in any studies that have been published on the topics the students bring up. Here is a list of topics from 1 year


Scent Mark Howler Monkey Gray Squirrel Extrafloral Nectary Strong Odor 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Dietland Müller-Schwarze
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  1. 1.College of Environmental Science and ForestryState University of New York-SyracuseSyracuseUSA

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