- Director of the Ecology, Conservation, and Environment Center (ECEC), a joint venture with the Kunming Institute of Zoology (www.kiz.ac.cn/en) (2008-present)
- Lecturer - University of East Anglia (2000 -present)
- 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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Analysis of the bacterial communities associated with two ant-plant symbioses
pp. 276-283Full Text UEA Repository
How to assemble a beneficial microbiome in three easy steps
in Ecology Letters
pp. 1300-1307Full Text UEA Repository
Hunting in ancient and modern amazonia: Rethinking sustainability.
in American Anthropologist
Biased oviposition and biased survival together help resolve a fig-wasp conflict
in OikosUEA Repository
Exploiting sparseness in de novo genome assembly
in BMC Bioinformatics
pp. S1Full Text UEA Repository
Biodiversity soup: metabarcoding of arthropods for rapid biodiversity assessment and biomonitoring
in Methods in Ecology and Evolution
pp. 613-623Full Text UEA Repository
Measuring the discrepancy between fecundity and lifetime reproductive success in a pollinating fig wasp
in Entomologia Experimentalis et Applicata
pp. 218-225Full Text UEA Repository
Let the Right One In: A Microeconomic Approach to Partner Choice in Mutualisms
in The American Naturalist
pp. 75-85Full Text UEA Repository
Economic game theory for mutualism and cooperation
in Ecology Letters
pp. 1300-1312Full Text UEA Repository
A mutualistic microbiome: How do fungus-growing ants select their antibiotic-producing bacteria?
in Communicative and Integrative Biology
pp. 41-43Full Text UEA Repository
Closing the ecotourism-conservation loop in the Peruvian Amazon
in Environmental Conservation
pp. 6-17Full Text UEA Repository
The behavior and idet breadth f central-place foragers: an application to human hunters and Neotropical game management
in Evolutionary Ecology Research
pp. 171-185UEA Repository
Spatial tools for modeling the sustainability of subsistence hunting in tropical forests
in Ecological Applications
pp. 1802-1818UEA Repository
A Single Streptomyces Symbiont Makes Multiple Antifungals to Support the Fungus Farming Ant Acromyrmex octospinosus
in PLoS ONE
pp. e22028Full Text UEA Repository
Fungus-growing Allomerus ants are associated with antibiotic-producing Actinobacteria
in Antonie van Leeuwenhoek
pp. 443-447Full Text UEA Repository
Effectiveness of China's nature reserves in representing ecological diversity
in Frontiers in Ecology & the EnvironmentFull Text UEA Repository
Conservation in Low-Governance Environments
pp. 569-571Full Text UEA Repository
From the Cover: Economic contract theory tests models of mutualism
in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
pp. 15712-15716Full Text UEA Repository
China, India, and the Environment
pp. 1457-1459Full Text UEA Repository
Baniwa habitat classification in the white-sand campinarana habitat of the Northwest Amazon
In: Landscape ethnoecology: concepts of biotic and physical space.
Berghahn Books, New York
pp. 83-115UEA Repository
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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 webpages:
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 PositionsPlease email me to discuss PhD opportunities and projects within the School of Biological Sciences.
Postdocs & FellowsI 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.
- Associate Editor, Methods in Ecology and Evolution (2013 - present)
- Principal Investigator and Director of the Ecology, Conservation and Environment Center at the Kunming Institute of Zoology (2008-present)
- Director of the BIO North America Programme
- Module Organiser of Introduction to Ecology (1A8Y), Multivariate Statistics (M517), and Ecology Research Projects (3C4Y).