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Don Yee

Dr. Don Yee

Full Professor


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 340 Ecology
BSC 497 Senior Capstone
BSC 305 Evolution
BSC 600 Graduate Professional Development

HON 111/112 Honors Colloquium

  • Carry-over effects are altered by temperature in a wide-spread invasive ectotherm, Parasites & Vectors, 2019
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  • The interactive effects of photoperiod and future climate change may have negative consequences for a wide-spread invasive insect, Oikos,
  • How Diverse Detrital Environments Influence Nutrient Stoichiometry between Males and Females of the Co-Occurring Container Mosquitoes Aedes albopictus, Ae. aegypti, and Culex quinquefasciatus, PLoS ONE,
  • Ecology, Systematics, and the Natural History of Predaceous Diving Beetles (Coleoptera: Dytiscidae), 2014
  • Constitutive differences between natural and artificial container mosquito habitats: vector communities, resources, microorganisms, and habitat parameters., Journal of Medical Entomology, 2012, 10.1603/ME11227
  • Board Certified Entomologist
  • 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