University of Vermont

College of
Agriculture and Life Sciences

Department of Plant and Soil Science

Yolanda Chen, Ph.D.


Yolanda Chen, Assistant 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

Agroecology, Entomology, Biological Control

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: by appointment
Website: Faculty website

I teach the following classes:

Recent Publications:

Chen, Y. H., C. C. Bernal, J. Tan, F. G. Horgan, and M. A. Fitzgerald. 2011. Planthopper "adaptation" to resistant rice varieties: Changes in amino acid composition over time. Journal of Insect Physiology 57:1375-1384.

Chen, Y. H. and C. Bernal. 2011. Arthropod diversity and community structure on wild and cultivated rice. Agricultural and Forest Entomology 13:181-189.

Chen, Y. H., S. H. Berlocher, S. B. Opp, and G. K. Roderick. 2010. Post-colonization temporal genetic variation of an introduced fly, Rhagoletis completa. Genetica 138:1059-1075.