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PI, Donald A. Yee, Ph.D.

Board Certified Entomologist with Medical Entomology specialization

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

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

Current Graduate students

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Joseph Nelsen – M.S. student: Do mosquito pesticides harm their natural enemies? Ecological consequences and non-target effects of larvicides on mosquito predators

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

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

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Catherine Dean- Ph.D. student: Stoichiometry and mosquito ecology

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Limarie J. Reyes Torres –  Ph.D. student: Regulation and urbanization on Aedes aegypti population performance and vector competence
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Caroline Sorey- Ph.D. student: TBD

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Patrick Gilkey-M.S. student: TBD

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Nate Dahlberg-M.S. student: TBD

Current undergraduates

Shelby Hosch (Honors College): Intraguild predation between different species of predaceous diving beetles

Former Graduate Students

2016-2018      Hunter Deerman – M.S. student: Mosquito nutrient stoichiometry and Aedes aegypti and Ae. albopictus in cemeteries

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)

2016-2019: Jaclyn Everly (Honors College): Invertebrate recolonization of Heliconia systems in Puerto Rico; Effects of larval density on feeding and success of Aedes albopictus and Culex quinquefasciatus

2016-2019:  Rachel Rogers* (Honors 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* (Honors College):  Adult interactions between Aedes albopictus and Culex quinquefasciatus: implications for oviposition and adult performance

2013-2014   Carmen Bofill* (Honors College):  Differences in consumption rates between larval and adult Laccophilus fasciatus rufus (Coleoptera: Dytiscidae) on larval Culex quinquefasciatus (Diptera: Culicidae)

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

2009-2010  Anne Winters* (Honors College):  Development and stable isotope analysis of Aedes and Culex mosquitoes on different detritus types

Other undergraduate research alumni: Catherine Dean, Kelvyn Noa Reyes, Taissae Sanchez, Elizabeth Dobronski, Doressa Williams, Adam Miller, Bayley Graves, Timothy Carson, Adrianne Charbonnet, Hunter Deerman, Ashley Bowler, Lee Jennings, Kourtney Dunn, Justin Young, Ashton Reeves*, Elizabeth Himel, Thomas Bocek, Anna Reiber, Jennifer Foster, Amanda Bonelli

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