Dr. Steve Frankel at Gensburg-Markham Prairie
Senior Instructor
College of Arts and Sciences
(773) 442-5721
Courses Taught
Writing Intensive Program: General Ecology (WIP BIO 305)
Local Flora (BIO 332)
Economic Botany (BIO 333)
Research Interests
For his Ph.D., Dr. Frankel worked in Plant Chemical Ecology, specifically looking at plant–insect interactions. His thesis investigated the effects of light on production of antioxidants and plant defensive chemicals and how those interacted with insect herbivores.

Since being at NEIU, Dr. Frankel has focused on the ecology of prairies, particularly on the effect of fire on prairie communities.

B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Ph.D. thesis: "Light effects on plant chemistry: implications for plants and herbivores"

Selected Publications

Effects of anthocyanin content on Brassica rapa resistance to UVB radiation. With R. Klapper and M.R. Berenbaum. Photochemistry and Photobiology. 1996.  63:811-813

Antioxidant capacity and correlated characteristics of 14 unifloral honeys. With M.R. Berenbaum and G.E. Robinson. Journal of Apicultural Research.b1998.b37(1):27-31.

Effects of light regime on antioxidant content of foliage in a tropical plant community. With M.R. Berenbaum. Biotropica. 1999. 31(3).

Room BBH 358B
Northeastern Illinois University
5500 North St. Louis Avenue
Chicago, IL 60625
United States

(773) 442-5721
Office Hours
Please email Dr. Frankel at s-frankel@neiu.edu to arrange a meeting.
Main Campus