Michael L. Schwieterman holds the positions of Postdoctoral Research Associate with the Plant Innovation Program at the University of Florida. His efforts are directed toward conducting metabolomic analysis on various horticultural, ornamental, and forestry crops. Current research is strongly focused on identifying specific compounds that have significant effects on animal perception i.e. volatiles and sugars in strawberry fruit influencing consumer perceived flavor and sweetness intensity. Basic research attempts to characterize development and regulation of plant volatiles. Also, applied research is focused on maximizing or minimizing positive and negative volatile stimuli, respectively. Environmental, molecular, biochemical, and genetic mechanism are used to alter metabolomes, which are monitored using quantitative analytical chemistry approaches. Active mentoring of undergraduate students on plant science research projects and career development has been a continuous effort. Dr. Schwieterman is currently developing intradepartmental, interdepartmental, and national collaborative relationships.