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

Brevik, K.*, L. Lindström, S. D. McKay, and Y. H. Chen. In Press. Transgenerational effects of insecticides – implications for rapid pest evolution in agroecosystems. Current Opinion in Insect Science. Special Issue, “Ecological Adaptation in Agroecosystems”.

Schoville, Sean D., Y. H. Chen, M. N. Andersson, J. B. Benoit, A. Bhandari, J. H. Bowsher, K. Brevik*, K. Cappelle, M-J. M. Chen, A. K. Childers, C. Childers, O. Christiaens, J. Clements, E. N. Elpidina, P. Engsontia, M. Friedrich, I. García-Robles, C. Goswami, A. Grapputo, K. Gruden, M. Grynberg, B. Henrissat, E. C. Jennings, J. W. Jones, M. Kalsi, S. A. Khan, A. Kumar, F. Li, V. Lombard, X. Ma, A. Martynov, N. J. Miller, R. F. Mitchell, M. Munoz-Torres, A. Muszewska, Brenda Oppert, S. R. Palli, K. A. Panfilio, Y. Pauchet, L. C. Perkin, M. Petek, M. F. Poelchau, E. Record, J. P. Rinehart, H. M. Robertson, A. J. Rosendale, V. M. Ruiz-Arroyo, G. Smagghe, Z. Szendrei, E. M. Szuter, G. W. C. Thomas, A. S. Torson, I. M. Vargas Jentzsch, M. T. Weirauch, A. D. Yates, G. D. Yocum, J-S Yoon, Stephen Richards. 2018. A model species for agricultural pest genomics: the genome of the Colorado potato beetle, Leptinotarsa decemlineata (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae). Scientific Reports 8: 1931.

Izzo, V. M.*, Y. H. Chen, S. D. Schoville, C. Wang, and D. J. Hawthorne. 2018. Origin of the Colorado potato beetle (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae). Journal of Economic Entomology.

Chen, Y. H., L. R. Shapiro, B. Benrey, A. Cibrián-Jaramillo. 2017. Back to the origin: in situ studies are needed to understand selection during crop diversification. Special Issue: Ecology and Evolution of Plant under Domestication in the Neotropics. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution, section Agroecology and Land Use Systems. 18 October.

Crossley, M. S., Y. H. Chen, R. L. Groves, and S. D. Schoville. 2017. Landscape genomics of Colorado potato beetle provides evidence of polygenic adaptation to insecticides. Molecular Ecology DOI: 10.1111/mec.14339