Thomas Eisner

Jacob Gould Schurman Professor Emeritus
of Chemical Ecology


Department of Neurobiology and Behavior
W347 Seeley G. Mudd Hall
Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853 USA

Phone - Office: (607) 255-4464
Phone - Lab: (607) 254-4394
Fax: (607) 255-6186

Research Interests

Our research deals primarily with the chemical interactions of organisms. Insects are our "beasts of choice", and we have been primarily concerned with their chemical language, with the substances they employ to protect themselves against enemies, and with the chemical bases of their interactions with plants. We have been dealing with the isolation and identification of substances that are biologically meaningful to these animals, as well as with the biochemical processes by which the chemicals are produced and with the ways in which the substances function. Much of our work is carried out in the field, both in the Ithaca area and in the South and Southwest.

If you would like reprints of any of my publications, download a copy of my bibliography, and send an email listing the corresponding number of the reprints you would like us to send. Please include your full mailing address.

Profile Curriculum Vitae

The links below direct you to some examples of my photographic work.

Photos of scales on the wings of moths and butterflies

Leaves in the midst of change

Fanciful designs from a color photocopier`

Office hours:

By appointment.

Updated August 2008. Site maintained by Janis Strope.