Department of Environmental Sciences

Faculty: Heidi Appel

Heidi Appel

Professor of Environmental Sciences
Dean, Jesup Scott Honors College
Ph.D. University of Michigan 1990


Research and Teaching Interests

  • Chemical ecology of plant-insect interactions
  • Plant detection of insect herbivores

419.530.2812 | heidi.appel@utoledo.edu

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Research

My research is focused on understanding how plants recognize and respond to insect herbivores with chemical defenses. This requires a multidisciplinary approach ranging from molecular biology to ecology and makes use of model systems with genetic tools, including Arabidopsis, poplar, and grape. My current research is focused in three areas: 1) how insect feeding vibrations are sensed and used by insects as a rapid detection system for herbivory, 2) the mechanisms of plant gall induction by insects, and 3) volatile signatures of plant responses to herbivory.

Lab Webpage: https://schultzappel.wordpress.com/

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Recent Publications

View Dr. Appel's Google Scholar page.

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Courses

Dr. Appel has no teaching responsibilities as Dean, but does teach study abroad courses to Ecuador.

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Last Updated: 5/27/20