During the past 20 years, marine chemical ecology has emerged as a respected field of study providing a better understanding of the role natural products play in organisms and their environments. Ample data in this book advocates the conservation of marine environments for future drug discovery efforts while sustaining their overall health. Marine chemical ecology has expanded to include research in the areas of predator–prey interactions, marine microbial chemical ecology, and seasonal and geographical distribution of marine natural products.

chapter 3|93 pages

From the Tropics to the Poles

Chemical Defense Strategies in Sea Slugs (Mollusca: Heterobranchia)

chapter 9|38 pages

Predator–Prey Interactions in the Marine Plankton

The Role of Signals, Cues, and Defensive Compounds