Biography

 

Website: http://www.douglasyu.org/

Career History

  • 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-present)
  • 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)

All Publications

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Seipke, R. F., Barke, J., Heavens, D., Yu, D. W., Hutchings, M. I.

(2013)

Analysis of the bacterial communities associated with two ant-plant symbioses

in MicrobiologyOpen

2.

pp. 276-283

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)


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"

In: Reporte Manu 2013: Pasión por la investigación en la Amazonía Peruana.

San Diego Zoo Global Peru y SERNANP

pp. 342–368

UEA Repository

(Chapter)


Yang, C., Ji, Y., Wang, X., Yang, C., Yu, D. W.

(2013)

Testing three pipelines for 18S rDNA-based metabarcoding of soil faunal diversity

in SCIENCE CHINA Life Sciences

56.

pp. 73-81

UEA Repository

(Article)


Wang, H., Ridley, J., Dunn, D., Wang, R., Cook, J., Yu, D.

(2013)

Biased oviposition and biased survival together help resolve a fig-wasp conflict

in Oikos

122.

pp. 533–540

UEA Repository

(Article)


Ramirez-Gonzalez, R., Yu, D., Bruce, C., Heavens, D., Caccamo, M., Emerson, B.

(2013)

PyroClean: Denoising pyrosequences from protein coding amplicons for the recovery of interspecific and intraspecific genetic variation

in PLoS ONE

8.

pp. e57615

UEA Repository

(Article)


Liu, S. L., Li, Y. Y., Liang, L. J., Su, X., Tang, M., Zhou, L. L., Zhou, C. R., Yang, Q., Ji, Y. Q., Yu, D. W., Zhou, X.

(2013)

SOAPBarcode: revealing arthropod biodiversity through assembly of Illumina shotgun sequences of PCR amplicons

in Methods in Ecology and Evolution

4.

pp. 1142–1150

UEA Repository

(Article)


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

UEA Repository

(Article)


Beckschäfer, P., Mundhenk, P., Kleinn, C., Ji, Y., Yu, D. W., Harrison, R. D.

(2013)

Enhanced structural complexity index: an improved index for describing forest structural complexity

in Open Journal of Forestry

03.

pp. 23-29

UEA Repository

(Article)


Scheuring, I., Yu, D.

(2012)

How to assemble a beneficial microbiome in three easy steps

in Ecology Letters

15.

pp. 1300-1307

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)


Shepard, G., Levi, T., Neves, E., Peres, C., Yu, D.

(2012)

Hunting in ancient and modern amazonia: Rethinking sustainability.

in American Anthropologist

114.

UEA Repository

(Article)


Ye, C., Ma, Z., Cannon, C., Pop, M., Yu, D.

(2012)

Exploiting sparseness in de novo genome assembly

in BMC Bioinformatics

13.

pp. S1

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)


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

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)


Seipke, R., Barke, J., Ruiz-Gonzalez, M., Orivel, J., Yu, D., Hutchings, M.

(2012)

Fungus-growing

in Antonie van Leeuwenhoek

101.

pp. 443-447

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)


Dunn, D., Jansen-González, S., Cook, J., Yu, D., Pereira, R.

(2011)

Measuring the discrepancy between fecundity and lifetime reproductive success in a pollinating fig wasp

in Entomologia Experimentalis et Applicata

140.

pp. 218-225

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)


Archetti, M., Úbeda, F., Fudenberg, D., Green, J., Pierce, N., Yu, D.

(2011)

Let the Right One In: A Microeconomic Approach to Partner Choice in Mutualisms

in The American Naturalist

177.

pp. 75-85

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)


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

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)


Barke, J., Seipke, R., Yu, D., Hutchings, M.

(2011)

A mutualistic microbiome: How do fungus-growing ants select their antibiotic-producing bacteria?

in Communicative and Integrative Biology

4.

pp. 41-43

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)


Kirkby, C., Giudice, R., Day, B., Turner, K., Soares-Filho, B., Oliveira-Rodrigues, H., Yu, D.

(2011)

Closing the ecotourism-conservation loop in the Peruvian Amazon

in Environmental Conservation

38.

pp. 6-17

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)


Levi, T., Lu, F., Yu, D., Mangel, M.

(2011)

The behavior and idet breadth f central-place foragers: an application to human hunters and Neotropical game management

in Evolutionary Ecology Research

13.

pp. 171-185

UEA Repository

(Article)


Levi, T., Shepard, G., Ohl-Schacherer, J., Wilmers, C., Peres, C., Yu, D.

(2011)

Spatial tools for modeling the sustainability of subsistence hunting in tropical forests

in Ecological Applications

21.

pp. 1802-1818

UEA Repository

(Article)


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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:
http://www.douglasyu.org
http://eastanglia.academia.edu/DouglasYu
https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Douglas_Yu/

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 

Please email me to discuss PhD opportunities and projects within the School of Biological Sciences.

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

  • 1A04
  • 1A06
  • M517
  • 3C21
  • M511
  • 2B18

Professional Activities

  • 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)

Administrative Posts

  • Director of the BIO North America Programme
  • Module Organiser of Introduction to Ecology (1A8Y), Multivariate Statistics (M517), and Ecology Research Projects (3C4Y).