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Donald Yee, Ph.D.

Community ecology of aquatic insects, focusing on mosquitoes and predaceous diving beetles.

Interests: stoichiometry, urban ecology, invasion biology, life history, evolution, climate change, predator-prey interactions, competition, arboviruses, species diversity patterns, container systems

Current Graduate students

Hunter Deerman – M.S. student: Mosquito nutrient stoichiometry and Aedes aegypti and Ae. albopictus in cemeteries

Joseph Nelsen – M.S. student: Non-target effects of larvicides on mosquito predators

Nicole Scavo – M.S. student: Mosquito communities across urban-rural gradients in Puerto Rico

Nicole Mackey  –  M.S. student: Historical and contemporary distributions of Aedes aegypti in the United States

Catherine Dean- M.S. student: TBD

Limarie J. Reyes Torres –  Ph.D. student: TBD

Current undergraduates

Jaclyn Everly (Honor’s college): Invertebrate recolonization of Heliconia systems in Puerto Rico; Effects of larval density on feeding and success of Aedes albopictus and Culex quinquefasciatus


Former Graduate Students


2010-2015      Francis Ezeakacha (Ph.D.): Linking effects of different environmental factors across different life history stages of container mosquitoes

2012-2014      Stephanie Schelble (M.S.): The influence of water depth on oviposition behavior and survival of Aedes albopictus and Culex quinquefasciatus

2011-2013      Jeffrey Skiff (M.S.): Interactions between protozoan prey (Phylum Protista) and their mosquito (Order Diptera; Family Culicidae) predators:  prey size and predator behavior effects

2009-2012      David Allgood (M.S.): Influence of detritus levels and organic pollution on interspecific resource competition, oviposition behavior, and larval survival of two tire-inhabiting mosquito species

2009-2011      Kristopher Pitcher (M.S.): Interspecific coexistence and competition between two similar species of predacious diving beetles (Coleoptera: Dytiscidae) in temporary aquatic habitats

Former Undergraduate projects (*published)

2016-2018:  Rachel Rogers (Honor’s college): Effects of acorns on populations of Aedes mosquitoes

2015-2018:  James Valentine: Aedes albopictus nutrient analysis and microbiome across life history stages

2013-2014   Silvano Daniels*:  Adult interactions between Aedes albopictus and Culex quinquefasciatus: implications for oviposition and adult performance (published in J Medical Entomology)

2013-2014   Carmen Bonfill:  Differences in consumption rates between larval and adult Laccophilus fasciatus rufus (Coleoptera: Dytiscidae) on larval Culex quinquefasciatus (Diptera: Culicidae) (under review in Hydrobiologia)

2013-2014   John Lloyd Martin: Carbon and nitrogen analysis to determine competitive outcomes for three species of container mosquitoes

2009-2010  Anne Winters*:  Development and stable isotope analysis of Aedes and Culex mosquitoes on different detritus types (published in Ecological Entomology)