Career History

  • Professor of Ecology (2015-present)
  • Principal Investigator and Director of the Ecology, Conservation, and Environment Center (ECEC), a joint venture of UEA with the Kunming Institute of Zoology (www.kiz.ac.cn/en) (2008-present)
  • Reader - University of East Anglia (2010-2015)
  • Lecturer - University of East Anglia (2000-2010)
  • Postdoctoral research associate, Imperial College Centre for Population Biology (1999-2000)
  • Ph.D. - Harvard University (1997) NATO Postdoctoral Fellow, Imperial College (1998)
  • B.Sc. - Biology, Princeton University (1987)

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He, D., Wu, R., Feng, Y., Li, Y., Ding, C., Wang, W., Yu, D. W.

(2014)

China's transboundary waters: new paradigms for water and ecological security through applied ecology,

in Journal of Applied Ecology

51.

pp. 1159-1168

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Ji, Y., Ashton, L., Pedley, S. M., Edwards, D. P., Tang, Y., Nakamura, A., Kitching, R., Dolman, P., Woodcock, P., Edwards, F., Larsen, T., Hsu, W., Benedick, S., Hamer, K., Wilcove, D., Bruce, C., Wang, X., Levi, T., Lott, M., Emerson, B., Yu, D. W.

(2013)

Reliable, verifiable, and efficient monitoring of biodiversity via metabarcoding,

in Ecology Letters

16.

pp. 1245–1257

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Scheuring, I., Yu, D.

(2012)

How to assemble a beneficial microbiome in three easy steps,

in Ecology Letters

15.

pp. 1300-1307

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(Published)


Yu, D., Ji, Y., Emerson, B., Wang, X., Ye, C., Yang, C., Ding, Z.

(2012)

Biodiversity soup: metabarcoding of arthropods for rapid biodiversity assessment and biomonitoring,

in Methods in Ecology and Evolution

3.

pp. 613-623

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Archetti, M., Scheuring, I., Hoffman, M., Frederickson, M., Pierce, N., Yu, D.

(2011)

Economic game theory for mutualism and cooperation,

in Ecology Letters

14.

pp. 1300-1312

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Hudson, L. N., Peres, C. A., Yu, D. W.

(2017)

The database of the PREDICTS (Projecting Responses of Ecological Diversity In Changing Terrestrial Systems) project,

in Ecology and Evolution

7

(1)

pp. 145–188

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Somervuo, P., Yu, D. W., Xu, C. C., Ji, Y., Hultman, J., Wirta, H., Ovaskainen, O.

(2017)

Quantifying uncertainty of taxonomic placement in DNA barcoding and metabarcoding,

in Methods in Ecology and Evolution

8

pp. 398-407

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Cai, W., Ma, Z., Yang, C., Wang, L., Wang, W., Zhao, G., Geng, Y., Yu, D. W.

(2017)

Using eDNA to detect the distribution and density of invasive crayfish in the Honghe-Hani rice terrace World Heritage site,

in PLoS ONE

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article no. e0177724

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Crampton-Platt, A., Yu, D. W., Zhou, X., Vogler, A. P.

(2016)

Mitochondrial metagenomics: letting the genes out of the bottle,

in GigaScience

5

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article no. 15

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Yang, C., Schaefer, D. A., Liu, W., Popescu, V. D., Yang, C., Wang, X., Wu, C., Yu, D. W.

(2016)

Higher fungal diversity is correlated with lower CO2 emissions from dead wood in a natural forest,

in Scientific Reports

6

article no. 31066

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Zhang, K., Lin, S., Ji, Y., Yang, C., Wang, X., Yang, C., Wang, H., Jiang, H., Harrison, R. D., Yu, D. W.

(2016)

Plant diversity accurately predicts insect diversity in two tropical landscapes,

in Molecular Ecology

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pp. 4407–4419

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Hua, F., Wang, X., Zheng, X., Fisher, B., Wang, L., Zhu, J., Tang, Y., Yu, D. W., Wilcove, D. S.

(2016)

Opportunities for biodiversity gains under the world’s largest reforestation programme,

in Nature Communications

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article no. 12717

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Orkin, J. D., Yang, Y., Yang, C., Yu, D. W., Jiang, X.

(2016)

Cost-effective scat-detection dogs: unleashing a powerful new tool for international mammalian conservation biology,

in Scientific Reports

6

article no. 34758

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Holmes, N. A., Innocent, T. M., Heine, D., Al-Bassam, M., Worsley, S. F., Trottman, F., Patrick, E. H., Yu, D. W., Murrell, J. C., Schiott, M., Wilkinson, B., Boomsma, J. J., Hutchings, M. I.

(2016)

Genome analysis of two Pseudonocardia phylotypes associated with Acromyrmex leafcutter ants reveals their biosynthetic potential,

in Frontiers in Microbiology

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article no. 2073

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Ren, G., Young, S. S., Wang, L., Wang, W., Long, Y., Wu, R., Li, J., Zhu, J., Yu, D. W.

(2015)

Effectiveness of China's National Forest Protection Program and nature reserves,

in Conservation Biology

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pp. 1368-1377

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Schnell, I. B., Sollmann, R., Calvignac-Spencer, S., Siddall, M. E., Yu, D. W., Wilting, A., Gilbert, M. T. P.

(2015)

iDNA from terrestrial haematophagous leeches as a wildlife surveying and monitoring tool - prospects, pitfalls and avenues to be developed,

in Frontiers in Zoology

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Tang, M., Hardman, C. J., Ji, Y., Meng, G., Liu, S., Tan, M., Yang, S., Moss, E. D., Wang, J., Yang, C., Bruce, C., Nevard, T., Potts, S. G., Zhou, X., Yu, D. W.

(2015)

High-throughput monitoring of wild bee diversity and abundance via mitogenomics,

in Methods in Ecology and Evolution

6

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pp. 1034-1043

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Bayliss, J., Schaafsma, M., Balmford, A., Burgess, N. D., Green, J. M., Madoffe, S. S., Okayasu, S., Peh, K. S., Platts, P. J., Yu, D. W.

(2014)

The current and future value of nature-based tourism in the Eastern Arc Mountains of Tanzania,

in Ecosystem Services

8

pp. 75-83

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Bohmann, K., Evans, A., Gilbert, M. T. P., Carvalho, G. R., Creer, S., Knapp, M., Yu, D. W., De Bruyn, M.

(2014)

Environmental DNA for wildlife biology and biodiversity monitoring,

in Trends in Ecology & Evolution

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(6)

pp. 358-367

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Yang, C., Wang, X., Miller, J. A., de Blécourt, M., Ji, Y., Yang, C., Harrison, R. D., Yu, D. W.

(2014)

Using metabarcoding to ask if easily collected soil and leaf-litter samples can be used as a general biodiversity indicator,

in Ecological Indicators

46

pp. 379-389

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He, D., Wu, R., Feng, Y., Li, Y., Ding, C., Wang, W., Yu, D. W.

(2014)

China's transboundary waters: new paradigms for water and ecological security through applied ecology,

in Journal of Applied Ecology

51

(5)

pp. 1159-1168

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Hudson, L. N., Newbold, T., Contu, S., Hill, S. L. L., Lysenko, I., De Palma, A., Phillips, H. R. P., Senior, R. A., Bennett, D. J., Booth, H., Choimes, A., Correia, D. L. P., Day, J., Echeverría-Londoño, S., Garon, M., Harrison, M. L. K., Ingram, D. J., Jung, M., Kemp, V., Kirkpatrick, L., Martin, C. D., Pan, Y., White, H. J., Aben, J., Abrahamczyk, S., Adum, G. B., Aguilar-Barquero, V., Aizen, M. A., Ancrenaz, M., Arbeláez-Cortés, E., Armbrecht, I., Azhar, B., Azpiroz, A. B., Baeten, L., Báldi, A., Banks, J. E., Barlow, J., Batáry, P., Bates, A. J., Bayne, E. M., Beja, P., Berg, Å., Berry, N. J., Bicknell, J. E., Bihn, J. H., Böhning-Gaese, K., Boekhout, T., Boutin, C., Bouyer, J., Brearley, F. Q., Brito, I., Brunet, J., Buczkowski, G., Buscardo, E., Cabra-García, J., Calviño-Cancela, M., Cameron, S. A., Cancello, E. M., Carrijo, T. F., Carvalho, A. L., Castro, H., Castro-Luna, A. A., Cerda, R., Cerezo, A., Chauvat, M., Clarke, F. M., Cleary, D. F. R., Connop, S. P., D'Aniello, B., da Silva, P. G., Darvill, B., Dauber, J., Dejean, A., Diekötter, T., Dominguez-Haydar, Y., Dormann, C. F., Dumont, B., Dures, S. G., Dynesius, M., Edenius, L., Elek, Z., Entling, M. H., Farwig, N., Fayle, T. M., Felicioli, A., Felton, A. M., Ficetola, G. F., Filgueiras, B. K. C., Fonte, S. J., Fraser, L. H., Fukuda, D., Furlani, D., Ganzhorn, J. U., Garden, J. G., Gheler-Costa, C., Giordani, P., Giordano, S., Gottschalk, M. S., Goulson, D., Gove, A. D., Grogan, J., Hanley, M. E., Hanson, T., Hashim, N. R., Hawes, J. E., Hébert, C., Helden, A. J., Henden, J., Hernández, L., Herzog, F., Higuera-Diaz, D., Hilje, B., Horgan, F. G., Horváth, R., Hylander, K., Isaacs-Cubides, P., Ishitani, M., Jacobs, C. T., Jaramillo, V. J., Jauker, B., Jonsell, M., Jung, T. S., Kapoor, V., Kati, V., Katovai, E., Kessler, M., Knop, E., Kolb, A., Kőrösi, Á., Lachat, T., Lantschner, V., Le Féon, V., LeBuhn, G., Légaré, J., Letcher, S. G., Littlewood, N. A., López-Quintero, C. A., Louhaichi, M., Lövei, G. L., Lucas-Borja, M. E., Luja, V. H., Maeto, K., Magura, T., Mallari, N. A., Marin-Spiotta, E., Marshall, E. J. P., Martínez, E., Mayfield, M. M., Mikusinski, G., Milder, J. C., Miller, J. R., Morales, C. L., Muchane, M. N., Muchane, M., Naidoo, R., Nakamura, A., Naoe, S., Nates-Parra, G., Navarrete Gutierrez, D. A., Neuschulz, E. L., Noreika, N., Norfolk, O., Noriega, J. A., Nöske, N. M., O'Dea, N., Oduro, W., Ofori-Boateng, C., Oke, C. O., Osgathorpe, L. M., Paritsis, J., Parra-H, A., Pelegrin, N., Peres, C. A., Persson, A. S., Petanidou, T., Phalan, B., Philips, T. K., Poveda, K., Power, E. F., Presley, S. J., Proença, V., Quaranta, M., Quintero, C., Redpath-Downing, N. A., Reid, J. L., Reis, Y. T., Ribeiro, D. B., Richardson, B. A., Richardson, M. J., Robles, C. A., Römbke, J., Romero-Duque, L. P., Rosselli, L., Rossiter, S. J., Roulston, T. H., Rousseau, L., Sadler, J. P., Sáfián, S., Saldaña-Vázquez, R. A., Samnegård, U., Schüepp, C., Schweiger, O., Sedlock, J. L., Shahabuddin, G., Sheil, D., Silva, F. A. B., Slade, E. M., Smith-Pardo, A. H., Sodhi, N. S., Somarriba, E. J., Sosa, R. A., Stout, J. C., Struebig, M. J., Sung, Y., Threlfall, C. G., Tonietto, R., Tóthmérész, B., Tscharntke, T., Turner, E. C., Tylianakis, J. M., Vanbergen, A. J., Vassilev, K., Verboven, H. A. F., Vergara, C. H., Vergara, P. M., Verhulst, J., Walker, T. R., Wang, Y., Watling, J. I., Wells, K., Williams, C. D., Willig, M. R., Woinarski, J. C. Z., Wolf, J. H. D., Woodcock, B. A., Yu, D. W., Zaitsev, A. S., Collen, B., Ewers, R. M., Mace, G. M., Purves, D. W., Scharlemann, J. P. W., Purvis, A.

(2014)

The PREDICTS database: a global database of how local terrestrial biodiversity responds to human impacts,

in Ecology and Evolution

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pp. 4701-4735

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Scott, I. M., Clark, A. P., Josephson, S. C., Boyette, A. H., Cuthill, I. C., Fried, R. L., Gibson, M. A., Hewlett, B. S., Jamieson, M., Jankowiak, W., Honey, P. L., Huang, Z., Liebert, M. A., Purzycki, B. G., Shaver, J. H., Snodgrass, J. J., Sosis, R., Sugiyama, L. S., Swami, V., Yu, D. W., Zhao, Y., Penton-voak, I. S.

(2014)

Human preferences for sexually dimorphic faces may be evolutionarily novel,

in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (PNAS)

111

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pp. 14388-14393

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Edwards, D. P., Magrach, A., Woodcock, P., Ji, Y., Lim, N. T., Edwards, F. A., Larsen, T. H., Hsu, W. W., Benedick, S., Khen, C. V., Chung, A. Y. C., Reynolds, G., Fisher, B., Laurance, W. F., Wilcove, D. S., Hamer, K. C., Yu, D. W.

(2014)

Selective-logging and oil palm: multitaxon impacts, biodiversity indicators, and trade-offs for conservation planning,

in Ecological Applications

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pp. 2029-2049

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Harris, R. B., Jiake, Z., Yinqiu, J., Kai, Z., Chunyan, Y., Yu, D. W.

(2014)

Evidence that the Tibetan fox is an obligate predator of the plateau pika: conservation implications,

in Journal of Mammalogy

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pp. 1207-1221

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Key Research Interests

We study cooperation in two of its manifestations:

      Conservation (cooperation between humans and nature) and

      Mutualisms (cooperation between species).

See my personal webpage for more detail:  www.douglasyu.org/research/

Current Research Projects 

My research group concentrates on developing rapid, molecular protocols for measuring biodiversity, which we call "Biodiversity Soup". Without mechanisms to monitor the state of nature in ways that are cheap, repeatable, and verifiable, there is no way to set up incentives to preserve biodiversity.

Key papers are:

Yu, D. W., Ji, Y. Q., Emerson, B. C., Wang, X. Y., Ye, C. X., Yang, C. Y. & Ding, Z. L. (2012) Biodiversity Soup: Metabarcoding of arthropods for rapid biodiversity assessment and biomonitoring. Methods in Ecology and Evolution, 3, 613–623.

Ji, Y. Q., Ashton, L., Pedley, S. M., Edwards, D. P., Tang, Y., Nakamura, A., Kitching, R. L., Dolman, P., Woodcock, P., Edwards, F. A., Larsen, T. H., Hsu, W. W., Benedick, S., Hamer, K. C., Wilcove, D. S., Bruce, C., Wang, X. Y., Levi, T., Lott, M., Emerson, B. C. & Yu, D. W. (2013) Reliable, verifiable, and efficient monitoring of biodiversity via metabarcoding. Ecology Letters, 16, 1245–1257.
 

Other research projects include:

Resolving people-park conflicts, using the relationship between Matsigenka Amerindians and Manu National Park, Peru as a model system.

Yu, D. W., Shepard, G. H., Ohl-Schacherer, J. & Levi, T. (2013) Resolviendo el conflicto “parque-personas” en el Manu, con la estrategia "Ocupar la Amazonía". Reporte Manu 2013: Pasión por la investigación en la Amazonía Peruana (eds. J. Groenendijk, A. Tovar & W. Wust), pp. 342–368. San Diego Zoo Global Peru y SERNANP, Lima, Peru.

An English-language version ("Resolving the people-park conflict in Manu with the Occupy Amazon strategy") is available on the Academia.edu and ResearchGate websites listed above.


Microbiome evolution (especially ones dominated by Actinobacteria), using game theory as a guide.

Scheuring, I. & Yu, D. W. (2012) How to assemble a beneficial microbiome in three easy steps. Ecology Letters, 15, 1300-1307.

Archetti, M., Scheuring, I., Hoffman, M., Frederickson, M. E., Pierce, N. E. & Yu, D. W. (2011) Economic game theory for mutualism and cooperation. Ecology Letters, 14, 1300-1312.

 

PhD Positions 

Click here for current PhD opportunities in Biological Sciences. But feel free to email me to discuss projects outside these areas and alternative sources of funding.

Postdocs & Fellows 

I very much welcome postdoctoral associates who wish to conduct fieldwork in east Asia. I can provide laboratory facilities, logistical help, and introductions to appropriate Chinese collaborators. I am also happy to sponsor fellowship applications to funders outside China that involve the same.

Teaching Interests

I teach on

Introduction to Evolution, Ecology and Behaviour (BIO-4002B)

Evolutionary Biology (BIO-2B10)

Evolutionary Biology and Conservation Genetics (BIO-3C24)

Multivariate Statistics (ENV-MA72)

Professional Activities

Principal Investigator and Director of the Ecology, Conservation and Environment Center at the Kunming Institute of Zoology (2008-present)

Associate Editor, Methods in Ecology and Evolution (2013-present)

External examiner for MSc in Conservation Science, Imperial College at Silwood Park (2012-2015)

 

Administrative Posts

Module Organiser of Evolutionary Biology and Conservation Genetics (BIO-3C24)