United States
Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research

Charles Amsler

Full Professor
University of Alabama at Birmingham
Research Interests
In general, my lab studies mechanisms by which marine organisms perceive, respond to, manipulate, or otherwise interact with their chemical environment and the impacts of these interactions on community structure. Studies of the chemical ecology of marine macroalgae and invertebrates focus on chemical defenses against predators, and, secondarily, other aspects of their chemical ecology. Relatively new focus areas are the impacts of ocean acidification and sea ice retreat on Antarctic marine organisms. Geographically, I have worked in both warm and cool temperate regions but the vast majority of my group’s activities over the past 25 years have focused on Antarctic organisms, particularly but not exclusively along the western Antarctic Peninsula (WAP). A new project is examining benthic community structure in the southern WAP and the importance of macroalgal-derived carbon to the structure of those communities.
Antarctic Research Location(s)
Palmer Station
ARSV Laurence M. Gould
Research Keywords
chemical ecology, benthic ecology, macroalgae, mesograzers, phycology
NSF Antarctic Program
Antarctic Organisms and Ecosystems
SCAR Science Group Affiliation
Life Sciences Group
Current SCAR Group Participation
US SCAR Live Sciences representative