UA Affiliations

Arizona Laboratory for Emerging Contaminants (ALEC)

Soil, Water & Environmental Science (SWES)


Life and Planets Astrobiology Center (LAPLACE)

Center for Insect Science (CIS)

Other Links

GCT (GC Time of Flight Mass spectrometer) in UA MSF




Research Interests

Natural products chemistry (marine, reptilian, plants, insects); emerging micropollutants; chemical ecology; mass spectrometry; chemical perception; prebiotic chemistry; climate change

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Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci., Mar 4, 2008

Behavioral consequences of innate preferences and olfactory learning in hawkmoth-flower interactions Riffell, J.A., Alarcón, R., Abrell, L.,  Davidowitz, G., Bronstein, J.L., Hildebrand, J.G.

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•     Behavioral consequences of innate preferences and olfactory learning in hawkmoth-flower interactions. Riffell, J.A., Alarcon, R., Abrell, L., Davidowitz, G., Bronstein, J.L., Hildebrand, J.G. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci., acceptted.
•     Sugar synthesis from a gas phase formose reaction. Jalbout, A.F., Abrell, L., Adamowicz, L., Polt, R., Apponni, A.J., Ziurys, L., Astrobiology 2007, 7, 433-442.
•     Structure and function of Dufour gland pheromones from the crazy ant Paratrechina longicornis. Witte, V., Abrell, L., Attygalle, A.B., Wu, X., Meinwald, J. Chemoecology 2007, 17, 63-69.
•     Individual variation in alkaloid content of poison frogs of Madagascar (Mantella; Mantellidae). Clark, V.C., Rakotomalala, V., Ramilijaona, O., Abrell, L., Fisher, B.L., J. Chemical Ecology 2006, 32, 2219-2233.
•     Formaldehyde in comets C/1995 O1 (Hale-Bopp), C/2002 T7 (LINEAR), and C/2001 Q4 (NEAT): Investigating the cometary origin of H2CO. Milam, S.N., Remijan, A.J., Womack, M., Abrell, L., Ziurys, L.M., Wyckoff, S., Apponi, A.J., Friedel, D.N., Snyder, L.E., Veal, J.M., Palmer, P., Woodney, L.M., A'Hearn, M.F., Forster, J.R., Wright, M.C.H., de Pater, I., Choi, S., Gesmundo, M. Astrophys. J. 2006, 649, 1169-1177.
•     Drought effect on isoprene production and consumption in Biosphere 2 tropical rainforest. Pegoraro, E., Rey, A., Abrell, L., van Haren, J., Lin, G. Global Change Biology 2006, 12, 456-469.
•     Effect of elevated levels of atmospheric CO2 on oviposition behavior of Manduca sexta moths. Abrell, L., Guerenstein, P.G., Mechaber, L.M., Stange, G., Christensen, T., Nakanishi, K., Hildebrand, J.G., Global Change Biology 2005, 11, 1272-1282.
•     Volatile organic compounds as signals in a plant-herbivore system: Electrophysiological responses in olfactory sensilla of the moth Cactoblastis cactorum. Pophof, B., Stange, G. Abrell, L. Chemical Senses 2005, 30, 51-68.
•     The effect of elevated atmospheric CO2 and drought on sources and sinks of isoprene in a temperate and tropical rainforest mesocosm. Pegoraro, E., Abrell, L. Van Haren, J., Barron-Gafford, G.(THE DUDE), Grieve, K.A., Malhi, Y., Murthy, R., Lin, G. Global Change Biol. 2005, 11, 1234-1246.
•     Microphysiometric measurement of PAF receptor responses to ginkgolides. Krane, S., Kim, S.R., Abrell, L.M., Nakanishi, K. Helvetica Chimica Acta 2003, 86, 3776-3786.
•     Conformational flexibility of ouabain and its biological implication: observations with ouabain 1,5,19- and 1,11,19-phosphates. Kawamura, A., Abrell, L. M., Maggiali, F., Berova, N., Nakanishi, K., Labutti, J., Magil, S., Haupert, G. T. Jr., Hamlyn, J. M. Biochemistry 2001, 40, 5835-5844.
•     New hirsutane based sesquiterpenes from salt water cultures of a marine sponge-derived fungus and the terrestrial fungus Coriolus consors. Wang, G.-Y.-S., Abrell, L. M., Avelar, A., Borgeson, B. M., Crews, P. Tetrahedron 1998, 54 7335-7342.
•     A new polyketide, secocurvularin, from the salt water culture of a sponge derived fungus. Abrell, L. M., Borgeson, B., Crews, P. Tetrahedron Lett. 1996, 37, 8983-8984.
•     Chloro polyketides from the cultured fungus (Aspergillus) separated from a marine sponge. Abrell, L. M., Borgeson, B., Crews, P. Tetrahedron Lett. 1996, 37, 2331-2334.
•     Chloriolins A–C, chlorinated sesquiterpenes produced by fungal cultures separated from a Jaspis marine sponge. Cheng, X.-C., Varoglu, M., Abrell, L., Crews, P., Lobkovsky, E., Clardy, J. J. Org. Chem. 1994, 59, 6344-6348.
•     New nectriapyrones by salt water culture of a fungus separated from an indo-pacific sponge. Abrell, L., Cheng, X.-C., Crews, P. Tetrahedron Lett. 1994, 35, 9159-9160.
•     The structures and stereochemistry of cytotoxic sesquiterpene quinones from Dactylospongia elegans. Rodríguez, J., Quiñoá, E., Riguera, R., Peters, B. M., Abrell, L. M., Crews, P. Tetrahedron 1992, 48, 6667-6680.