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Don Yee

Dr. Don Yee



Insects are the dominant life form on Earth, representing more than 75% of all identified species. My lab focuses on aquatic community/population ecology with questions related to species interactions, food web dynamics, predator-prey interactions, and basic ecology of medically important and predatory taxa. Although the main focus the lab has been on understanding the community and population ecology of medically important container mosquitoes, we also use small aquatic habitats as model systems to test ecological theory, and quantify the effects of multiple predators on aquatic communities with a focus on predaceous diving beetles in wetlands. Our work is not limited to any one venue to answer ecological questions, as we conduct research under laboratory conditions, using large field observational studies, and in large experimental arrays. We work in a number of places, include the Gulf Coast and Puerto Rico.

  • PHD - Illinois State University (2006)
  • Zoology (MS) - Texas Tech University (1998)
  • BS - University of Michigan-Dearborn (1994)

BSC 411/511/L Entomology with lab
BSC 648/L Aquatic Insect Ecology with lab
BSC 201/L Zoology with lab
BSC 305 Evolution
BEE 440 Urban Ecology
BSC 340 Ecology
BSC 497 Senior Capstone
BSC 305 Evolution
BSC 600 Graduate Professional Development

HON 111/112 Honors Colloquium
HON 303 Honors Seminar

  • Robust network stability of mosquitoes and human pathogens of medical importance, No, Parasites & Vectors, 2022
  • Mapping yellow fever epidemics as a potential indicator of the historical range of Aedes aegypti in the United States, Memórias do Instituto Oswaldo Cruz, , 10.1590/0074-02760220306
  • Linking Water Quality to Aedes aegypti and Zika in Flood-Prone Neighborhoods., EcoHealth, 2019, 10.1007/s10393-019-01406-6
  • Low socioeconomic neighborhoods in Puerto Rico linked to more diverse mosquito communities and higher mosquito abundance, no, Journal of Urban Ecology, 2021, doi: 10.1093/jue/juab009
  • Influence of resource levels, organic compounds and laboratory colonization on interspecific competition between the Asian tiger mosquito Aedes albopictus (Stegomyia albopicta) and the southern house mosquito Culex quinquefasciatus., Medical and veterinary entomology, 2014, 10.1111/mve.12047
  • Ecological Society of America
  • Sigma Xi
  • Entomological Society of America
  • Society for Vector Ecology

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Areas of Expertise

Medical entomology, Community and population ecology of aquatic insects, Ecological stoichiometry, Urban ecology, Tropical insect ecology