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June 27, 2014: It's still a work in progress, but check out our blog for the MMMILC Project. I hope to have more up there soon.


June 27, 2014: It's been a long time since I've revised this website! I wonder where all that time went? We've all been busy in the meantime. I think it is time for a few updates!


October 24, 2013: Karoo took several steps in a row!


October 1, 2013: We are planting lots of milkweed. Lots.


August 26, 2013: It's been a long time, and lots has happened! Karoo is crawling fast, and thinking pretty hard about walking. He's smiling and happy, and things are good.


June 21, 2013: Jonah lands a faculty position at the University of California, Riverside! The Piovia-Scott Lab will be coming online in 2014 - expect great things. Thankfully, he won't be leaving us for a while, and we'll keep working on the Bahamas project together.


May 7, 2013: Louie receives an NSF Faculty Early Career (CAREER) Award to support the project "Phenology, ontogeny and the consequences of shifts in the relative timing of milkweed-monarch interactions"!


January 8, 2013: Ecology 180 blogs! Experimental Ecology and Evolution in the Field (EVE/ENT 180A/B), our field ecology course for undergraduates, has started a blog to keep track of what's going on in our project. (This is a great class.)


November 14, 2012: Karoo arrives! 3:53 pm, 8 lbs 6 oz (3.8 kg), 20.25 inches (51.4 cm).


October 25, 2012: Shahla blogs! The Mindful Californian is great blog that is part of the California Legacy Project. Shahla offers "Perspectives on the American Lawn", "Why Native Pollinators Matter", and "Cows Not Chemicals: Training Cattle to Eat Invasive Weeds", among many others! Check it out.


September 25, 2012: Finally updated the website!


September 25, 2012: Periodical cicadas make bigger bellflowers.


September 1, 2012: Pulsed Subsidy Team heads to the Bahamas!


July 1, 2012: "Drosophila Regulate Yeast Density and Increase Yeast Community Similarity in a Natural Substrate." I think that's pretty cool.


June 15, 2012: I'm honored to be a 2012-2013 Hellman Fellow!


May 31, 2012: The paper in PLoS ONE is out: "Complex consequences of herbivory and interplant cues in three annual plants".


May 28, 2012: Jonah, Shahla, Amber and I are back from the Bahamas! Lizards introduced, samples collected. And a few photos posted here. Special thanks to Tom Schoener, Johnathan Losos, Jason Kolbe and Yoel Stuart for lizard wrangling.


May 15, 2012: I'm thrilled to have been nominated for a ASUCD Excellence in Education Award by an alumnus of Insect Ecology!


May 9, 2012: Getting ready for Insect Ecology 2012! The CRN this year is 22864.


May 2, 2012: James Whitney is admitted into the UC Davis Insect Honors Program. Congrats, James!


April 30, 2012: EVE 180 publishes "Complex consequences of herbivory and interplant cues in three annual plants" in PLoS ONE. It's amazing what 2 graduate students, 3 professors and 11 extraordinary undergraduate co-authors can do when they put their minds to it. Special props to Ian and Lauren.


April 19, 2012: Ian Pearse, Merton Love Award Winner for 2012. Well deserved.


April 5, 2012: Marshall McMunn joins the lab again - as a Ph.D. student this time! Marshall will be starting in the Pop Bio Graduate Group this fall.


March 31, 2012: Marshall McMunn receives an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship! Nice work.


March 23, 2012: Science continues at Science: Two letters (1 and 2) and our reply regarding Adler et al. 2011, plus a very nice blog post that ties it all back to the ecology of zombies (or was it the zombies of ecology?)


March 22, 2012: You want REAL news? Here's some REAL news: I've got a neice! Adele Eva Yang born today at 1:08 EST. Congrats to the family!


March 6, 2012: Garth Sundem publishes Brain Trust: 93 Top Scientists Reveal Lab-Tested Secrets to Surfing, Dating, Dieting, Gambling, Growing Man-Eating Plants, and More!, and even mentions the Yang Lab. Garth is an author, TED speaker, Geek Dad, dog-owner, musician and climber. He's pretty much everywhere.


February 24, 2012: NutNet gets a new dot-org website: same content, new location. Never heard of the NutNet? We are "... like an indie garage band." - Stan Harpole


February 11, 2012: Collected trapnests from Quail Ridge - lots there.


January 24, 2012: Know any excellent insect systematists? Send them here.


December 19, 2011: Sasha Flamm launches her new art website, featuring her amazing portfolio of protraits, landscapes and scientific illustrations.


December 17, 2011: Just back from our first field trip to Abaco, Bahamas for our new seaweed pulsed subsides project! There are lots of islands out there. We also met with Friends of the Environment, and look forward to working with them some more.


December 6, 2011: August Higgins scores a PUF (President's Undergraduate Fellowship) for his project "The Differential Effects of Volatile and Vascular Signaling in Defense Induction of Phaseolus lunatus (Lima Bean)"! Let the science continue!


November 11, 2011: Craig Layman announces a new blog, The Abaco Scientist! He says it best: "The Abaco Scientist is intended as your one-stop source for all things science on Abaco and throughout The Bahamas."


November 1, 2011: Welcome to Jonah Piovia-Scott, a new postdoc in the Yang and Schoener Labs. New as a postdoc, but we go way back - Jonah's a great asset to the Bahamas project. Keep up the great work, Jonah!


October 26, 2011: Insect photographer and evolutionary biologist Alex Wild gave a great seminar on "How to Take Better Insect Photos" in the Entomology Seminar Series today.


September 22, 2011: "Productivity Is a Poor Predictor of Plant Species Richness". Nice work, Peter, Eric, Elizabeth and fellow NetNuts!


September 15, 2011: It looks like we are going to be studying "The Effects of Pulsed Subsidies on Island Food Webs" for the next 5 years! Thanks to everyone that has already contributed to this effort.


September 9, 2011: Marshall McMunn, our newest research assistant arrives in the lab!


August 31, 2011: Kermit canoes the Big River in Mendocino (and didn't jump out of the boat!). What was it like? It was a lot like this. Rest in peace, Jere Melo.


August 14-18, 2011: Louie heads to Minnesota to write scripts on beta diversity and eat sweet corm - another year, another NutNet workshop! Thanks to the crew for hosting another great meeting.


August 6-11, 2011: Louie, Meredith and Shahla go to the ESA meetings in Austin! Urban bats, hotter than Davis, great science, and great friends.


August 3, 2011: Congrats to Peter Adler and Co! The NutNet gets over the hump! Stay tuned for details.


August 2, 2011: Welcome to our second ever grad student lab member, Shahla Farzan! Shahla will be participating in the REACH IGERT and will also be an NSF Graduate Research Fellow.


July 7, 2011: Introducting our newest research assistant, August P. Higgins III!


June 11-12, 2011: Soil coring and fence repair in the Sierra! The Sierra Foothill Research and Extension Center is already hot and crispy with patches of thistle, but Sagehen Creek is still cool and muddy, with patches of snow. Big props to Jesse Karban for lending a hand.


June 10, 2011: The Yang Lab receives a UCD New Research Initiative grant to study the timing of plant-herbivore interactions in milkweeds and monarch butterflies.


June 1, 2011: Welcome to Brian Johnson, our newest faculty member in Entomology!


May 28, 2011: Welcome to our first cohort of students in the Undergraduate Honors Research Mentorship Program in Insect Biology!


May 18-20, 2011: Louie attends his first-ever NCEAS working group - hopefully, not the last. This was a rare chance to meet many of the great folks working on the ecology and conservation of monarch butterflies in one place. Special thanks to Leslie Ries, Sonia Altizer and Karen Oberhauser for the invitiation to participate!


May 9, 2011: Welcome to Sasha Flamm, our new research assistant!


April 21-22, 2011: A quick visit to San Diego to give a seminar to the ecology, behavior and evolution group at UCSD. I've been to San Diego once before this trip, and I've always found folks to be pretty relaxed and happy there. Thanks for a great visit, there is lots of cool stuff happening at UCSD. Kudos to Elsa Cleland for hosting!


April 6-8, 2011: Seminar at Texas A&M! Texas is big. It was great to meet all the great folks in the Department of Entomology there. Special thanks to Jeff Tomberlin and Aaron Tarone for being such welcoming hosts.


April 4, 2011: Congrats to Meredith Cenzer for her Honorable Mention in the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program!


March 31-April 1, 2011: Louie gave a seminar at Florida State University - amazing place. Special thanks to Randall Hughes for the invitation to visit, and to Tom Miller for the showing us the carnivorous plants among long-leaf pines!


March 22, 2011: 1080 trapnests deployed at Quail Ridge!


March 18, 2011: Louie gave a talk in the Essig Seminar Series at UC Berkeley, had a great time meeting lots of friendly folks. Thanks to Jeremy Anderson for organizing this.


February 27, 2011: Kermit visits the Elephant's Back at Carson Pass! Louie discovers the best 7 second ride of the season. Ah, winter!


February 10-12, 2011: The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Panel meets in Washington, DC.


February 5, 2011: It's milkweed planting day at Russell Ranch!


January 31, 2011: Let the great bee biologist faculty search begin!


January 26-27, 2011: Caterpillarologist Angela Smilanich visits UC Davis! Her seminar, "Self-Medication vs. Self-Toxicity in Generalist and Specialist Herbivores", is archived here.


January 24-28, 2011: The CPB Hierarchical Modeling Workshop is in town. Thanks, CPB.


December 13-15, 2010: Shahla Farzan visits the Yang Lab!


October 30, 2010: The Yang Lab pitches in to commemorate the opening of a new monarch sculpture in Davis' Central Park! The sculpture is definitely not a morphologically accurate Danaus plexippus caterpillar, but it does appear to be fun to sit on.


October 19, 2010: The Yang Lab is looking for one more undergraduate research assistant to bring into the lab! Send me an email!


October 7, 2010: Seminar at University of Nevada, Reno. Great folks there! Thanks to Matt Forister, Beth Leger, the Dyer Lab and all the other folks that helped with this visit.


October 1, 2010: Welcome to our newest lab member, Erin Wilson!


September 16, 2010: CDFA seminar: “Resource pulses in time and space: periodical cicadas, hurricanes and some thoughts for the future”. Thanks Gillian!


September 9, 2010: Getting ready for Insect Ecology! Spread the word!


August 22-28, 2010: Erin Wilson's back in town, checking out the local wasps!


August 14, 2010: Just got back from the 2nd Annual NutNet workshop in Minnesota.


May 22, 2010: Woo hoo! I've got a nephew! Elliot Yang!


April 28, 2010: Welcome to our newest lab member, Geoff Dubrow!


April 12, 2010: Meredith Cenzer and teammates place 2nd in the regional Linnean Games, and move on to the national competition!


March 8, 2010: Fabina and Schreiber's write-up of our recent Ecology Letters paper is currently the #1 most-viewed and #1 "hidden jewel" evaluation of an ecology paper at F1000.


March 1, 2010: Years in the making, Yang and colleagues finally publish their quantitative review of resource pulse-consumer interactions in Ecological Monographs!


February 27, 2010: Welcome to our newest lab mascot, Kermit (the dog)! Zebbie (the cat) yawns.


February 24, 2010: Nicholas Fabina and Sebastian Schreiber just reviewed one of our papers on F1000.


February 2, 2010: We finally made a website! Let us know what you think.


January 19, 2010: We've been blogged! (Thanks to the good folks at EEB and Flow.)


January 18, 2010: One of our recent papers was a top download at Ecology Letters.


January 4, 2010: Volker Rudolf and I wrote an Idea and Perspective paper about phenology, ontogeny and the timing of species interactions.


October 16, 2009: Erin Wilson visits the Yang Lab.


September 19, 2009: Meredith Cenzer arrives at UC Davis!


January 2, 2009: The Yang Lab arrives at UC Davis!