What we do

We study how species interactions change over time. We apply a diversity of approaches and perspectives to a diversity of systems and questions. We do experimental community ecology. We also use observational methods, meta-analysis, conceptual synthesis, ecosystem perspectives, and theoretical models. We like data, and we like learning new things.

To learn more, check out who we are.

Who we are

Current lab members

Louie H. Yang



keywords: phenological shifts, resource pulses, temporally explicit ecology


Jolene Saldivar

Jolene A. Saldivar

UC Davis Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellow


keywords: plant-insect interactions, native plants, California sage scrub, fire, disturbance ecology


Tracie E. Hayes

Population Biology Graduate Group


keywords: ephemeral resource patches, spatiotemporal structure, niche partitioning, scavengers


Dylan MacArthur-Waltz

Dylan J. MacArthur-Waltz

Population Biology Graduate Group


keywords: plant-insect interactions, climate change, network ecology, ecosystem services


Zoe Wood

Zoe M. Wood

Graduate Group in Ecology


keywords: phenology, natural history collections, herbivory, biodiversity informatics


Calvin M. Carroll

Population Biology Graduate Group


keywords: phenological shifts, competition, interaction networks, life history, community ecology


Gary Ge

Mingxuan (Gary) Ge

Entomology Graduate Group


keywords: climate change, alpine ecosystems, plant-insect interactions, phenology, local adaptation, behavioral thermoregulation


Post-graduate research assistant:

Kate Ruiz-Cox


Ian Jett (RPSIB)
Prabhjot Singh (RPSIB)
Sylvie Thompson (RSPIB)
Nolan Walt (RPSIB)
Melanie Gordon
Annalee Gonzalez

Where to find us

Department of Entomology and Nematology
Briggs Hall 380K
University of California, Davis
Davis, CA 95616 USA

You can email Louie at lhyang@ucdavis.edu.

Want to come aboard?

As a lab, we work to maintain an open, supportive and encouraging environment to do good science. We are open to multiple research areas and approaches, and encourage students and postdocs to develop their own innovative ideas and creative questions along the way. Our lab values straightforward communication, intellectual independence, determined problem-solving, constructive persistence, helpfulness, integrity, humility and humor. Although we aim to maintain a small lab group, we always welcome inquiries from prospective graduate students, postdocs and undergraduates. If you are interested in joining the lab, please send an email to Louie H. Yang at lhyang@ucdavis.edu.