University of Vermont

College of
Agriculture and Life Sciences

Department of Plant and Soil Science

Yolanda Chen, Ph.D.


Yolanda Chen, Associate Professor

  • Ph.D. Dept. of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management, University of California, Berkeley, 2001
  • B.S. Natural Resource Management, Rutgers University, NJ 1995
  • C.V.
Areas of Expertise

Insect Ecology, Population Genetics, Agroecology, Evolutionary Biology

Humans have strongly influenced insect pest evolution and ecology through host shifts, crop domestication, change in cultivation practices, and human-mediated translocations. My research studies these themes to determine how we can use ecological and evolutionary information to improve sustainable pest management.

Contact Information
Phone: (802) 656-2627
Office Hours: Jeffords 209, by appointment
Website: Faculty Website

I teach the following classes:

Recent Publications:

*denotes graduate student, ^denotes undergraduate student

Chen, Y. H., R. Gols, *C. A. Stratton, *K. A. Brevik, B. Benrey. 2015. Complex tritrophic interactions in response to crop domestication: predictions from the wild. Entomologia Experimentalis et Applicata 156(4):XX-XX.

Chen, Y. H., R. Gols, and B. Benrey. 2015. Crop domestication and its impact on naturally selected trophic interactions. Annual Review of Entomology. 60:35-58.

Xu, Yipeng, Y. H. Chen, X-P Yu. 2014. Cell culture of the rice brown planthopper, Nilaparvata lugens Stal (Hemiptera: Delphacidae). In Vitro Cellular & Developmental Biology 50(5):384-388.

Izzo, V.*, J. Armstrong^, N. Mercer^, Y. H. Chen. 2014. Variation in host usage among geographic populations of Leptinotarsa decemlineata, the Colorado potato beetle. Journal of Pest Science 87:597-608.

Izzo, V.*, J. Armstrong^, D. J. Hawthorne, Y. H. Chen. 2014. Geographic variation in winter hardiness of a common agricultural pest, Leptinotarsa decemlineata, the Colorado potato beetle. Evolutionary Ecology 28:505-520.

Izzo, V., J. Armstrong^, D. J. Hawthorne, and Y. H. Chen. 2014. Time of the season: Effect of photoperiodism on host-mediated cues for diapause induction in Leptinotarsa decemlineata. Ecological Entomology 39(1): 75-82.

Ferrater, J. B.*, Peter W. De Jong, M. Dicke, Y. H. Chen, and F. G. Horgan. 2013. Symbiont-mediated adaptation by planthoppers and leafhoppers to resistant rice varieties. Arthropod-Plant Interactions 7:591-605.