Donald Yee, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Department of Biological Sciences

Insects are the dominant life form on Earth, representing more than 75% of all identified species. My lab focuses on community and population ecology of aquatic insects with a focus on species that occur in mosquito-dominated container systems and pond communities. My general interests lie in understanding patterns of species richness and abundance and how species interactions, like predation and competition, affect food webs. I also am interested in understanding how the type and amount of detritus that supplies energy for container systems affects nutrient dynamics and food webs, from the basal microorganisms through to their consumers. My lab employs a variety of tools when approaching research problems, including field observations and experiments, laboratory experiments, and statistical modeling.

Vist my website for more details: http://ocean.otr.usm.edu/~w777157/

* graduate student, ** undergraduate

Allgood*, A & DA Yee. 2014. Influence of resource levels, organic compounds, and laboratory colonization on interspecific competition between Aedes albopictus and Culex quinquefasciatus (Diptera: Culicidae). Medical and Veterinary Entomology DOI: 10.1111/mve.12047

Yee, DA & J Skiff*. 2014. Interspecific competition of a new invasive mosquito, Culex coronator, and two container mosquitoes, Aedes albopictus and Cx. quinquefasciatus, across different detritus environments Journal of Medical Entomology 51:89-96

Yee, DA, SM O'Regan**, B Wohlfahrt, & SM Vamosi. 2013. Variation in prey-specific consumption rates and patterns of field co-occurrence for two larval predaceous diving beetles. Hydrobiologia 718: 17-25

Yee DA, E Himel**, MH Reiskind, & SM Vamosi. 2013. Implications of salinity concentrations for the performance and competitive interactions of the mosquitoes Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus (Diptera: Culicidae). Medical and Veterinary Entomology doi: 10.1111/mve.12007

Yee, DA, SM Vamosi, & SA Juliano. 2012. Seasonal photoperiods alter developmental time and mass of an invasive mosquito, Aedes albopictus (Diptera: Culicidae), across its north-south range in the United States. Journal of Medical Entomology 49: 825-832

Yee, DA, D Allgood*, JM Kneitel, & KA Kuehn. 2012. Constitutive differences between natural and artificial container mosquito habitats: microorganisms, resources, and habitat parameters. Journal of Medical Entomology 49: 482-491

Winters**, AE & DA Yee. 2012. Variation in performance of two co-occurring mosquito species across diverse resource environments: insights from nutrient and stable isotope analyses. Ecological Entomology 37: 56-64

Yee, DA & SA Juliano. 2012. Concurrent effects of resource pulse amount, type, and frequency on community and population properties of consumers in detritus-based systems. Oecologia 169: 511-522

Yee, DA 2010. Behavior and aquatic plants as factors affecting predation in three species of larval predaceous diving beetles (Coleoptera: Dytiscidae). Hydrobiologia 637: 33-43

Yee, DA 2008. Tires as habitats for mosquitoes: a review of studies within the eastern United States. Journal of Medical Entomology 45: 581-593