Assistant Professor Su, Yong-Chao
E-mail: ycsu527@kmu.edu.tw

Education:
PhD, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Kansas University, U.S.A. 

 

Courses Offered:
Evolutionary Biology, Evolutionary and ecological genomics, Entomology, Population Ecology, Field Biology, General Biology 

 

Specialty & Research Interests:
Evolutionary and ecological genomics
Evolution of social behavior
Biogeography
Entomology
Arachnology

 

Research in progress

1. Molecular evolution of opsins in jumping spiders: a genome-wide targeted sequencing approach. PI: Li Daiqin, National University of Singapore.

2. Using restriction site associated DNA sequencing (RAD-sequencing) genetic makers to test the diversification processes of the Philippines puddle frog Occidozyga laevis (Dicroglossidae. Collaborator:Rafe
    Brown, University of Kansas.

3. Using ultra-conserved elements targeted sequencing (UCEs) method to test the phylogenetics of the Philippine frogs. Collaborator: Rafe Brown, University of Kansas.

4. A comprehensive phylogeny of the spider subfamily Argyrodinae using Sanger and next generation sequencing. Collaborator: Ingi Agnarsson, University of Vermont.  

5. A Genomic analysis of host-parasite co-evolution between Asian honeybees and Varroa mites.  Collaborator: Deborah Smith, University of Kansas, USA.

6. De novo genome assembly of spiders Argyrodes miniaceus and Cyrtophora citricola.

7. The population demographic history of the invasive colonial spider Cyrtophora citricola in Israel: a population genomic approach. Collaborator: Yael Lubin, Ben-Gurion University, Israel.

 

Articles in preparation

1. Su, Y. C. and Smith, D. R.  Cooperative kleptoparasitism? Living in groups shows higher foraging efficiency in Argyrodes miniaceus (Theridiidae).

2. Su, Y. C. Living in groups is beyond aggregation around resource in kleptoparasitic spiders: using ideal free model to predict the group size in Argyrodinae species.

3. Su, Y. C., Su, S. H., and Lee, S. C. Population genetic structure of torpedo scad, Megalaspis cordyla (Ostrichthyes: Carangidae) in Taiwan, in relation to current distributions in Western Pacific Ocean.

4. Su, Y. C., Su, S. H., and Smith, D. R. A prerequisite for genetic matching of hosts and parasites: genetic isolation of two Apis cerana populations in Thailand revealed by RAD-seq generated SNPs data.

5. Su. S. H., Su, Y. C., and Smith, D. R. Phylogeography of dwarf honeybees, Apis florea and A. andreniformis.

 

Manuscript in Review

1. Su, Y. C., Peng, P., Elgar, M. A., and Smith, D. R. Dual pathways in social evolution: population genetic structure of group-living and solitary species of kleptoparasitic spiders (Argyrodinae: Theridiidae). Submitted to PLOS ONE. 


Peer-reviewed Publications

1. Chan, K. O., Alexander, A. M., Grismer, L. L., Su, Y. C., Grismer, J. L., Quah, E. S. H. and Brown, R. M. 2017. Species delimitation with gene flow: A methodological comparison and population genomics approach to elucidate cryptic species boundaries in Malaysian Torrent Frogs. Molecular Ecology, DOI: 10.1111/mec.14296.

2. Chen, Y. T., Tseng, H. Y., Jeng, M. L., Su, Y. C., Huang, W. S., and Lin, C. P. 2017. Integrated species delimitation and conservation implications of an endangered weevil Pachyrhynchus sonani (Coleoptera: Curculionidae) in Green and Orchid Islands of Taiwan. Systematic Entomology, 42(4), 796-813.

3. Alexander, A. M., Su, Y. C., Oliveros, C. H., Olson, K. V., Travers, S. L., and Brown, R. M. 2017. Genomic data reveals potential for hybridization, introgression, and incomplete lineage sorting to confound phylogenetic relationships in an adaptive radiation of narrow-mouth frogs. Evolution. 71-2: 475–488.

4. Smith, D. R., Su, Y.  C., Berger-Tal, R., and Lubin, Y. 2016. Population genetic evidence for sex-specific dispersal in an inbred social spider. Ecology and Evolution. 6: 5479-5490.

5. Su, Y. C., Brown, R. M., Chang, Y. H., Lin, C. P., and Tso, I. M. 2016. Did a Miocene-Pliocene island isolation sequence structure diversification of funnel web spiders in the Taiwan-Ryukyu Archipelago? Journal of Biogeography. 43: 991–1003.

6. Brown, R. M. Su, Y. C., Barger, B., Siler, C. D., Diesmos, A. C., and Blackburn, D. C. 2016. Phylogeny of the island archipelago frog genus Sanguirana: another endemic Philippine radiation that diversified ‘Out-of-Palawan’. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution. 94: 531-536.

7. Su, Y. C. and Smith, D. R. 2014. Evolution of host use, group-living, and foraging behaviors in kleptoparasitic spiders: molecular phylogeny of the Argyrodinae (Araneae: Theridiidae). Invertebrate Systematics. 28: 415-431. Invited manuscript for special issue of post-International Congress of Arachnology, 2013, Taiwan.

8. Su, Y. C., Wang, J. F., Villanueva, R. J. T., Nuñeza, O., and Lin, C. P. 2014. Hopping out of Mindanao: Miocene-Pliocene geological processes and cross-island dispersal as major drivers of diversity for Philippine treehoppers. Journal of Biogeography. 41: 1277-1290.

9. Gonzalez, P., Su, Y. C., Siler, S. D., Barley, A., Diesmos, A. C., and Brown, R. M. 2014. Archipelago colonization by ecologically dissimilar rainforest tree frogs: evaluating the hypothesis of common evolutionary history of geographical diffusion in islands of Southeast Asia. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution. 72:35-41.

10.  Su, Y. C., Chang, Y. H, Smith, D. R., Zhu, M. S., Kuntner, M., and Tso, I. M. 2011.  Biogeography and speciation patterns of the golden orb spider genus Nephila (Araneae: Nephilidae) in Asia. Zoological Science. 28(1): 47-55.

11.  Cobbold, S. M. and Su, Y. C. 2010. The host becomes dinner: possible use of Cyclosa as a nuptial gift by Argyrodes in a colonial web. Journal of Arachnology. 38:132-134.

12.  Su, Y. C., Chang, Y. H., Lee, S. C., and Tso, I. M. 2007.  Population genetic structures of the SE Asian/West Pacific giant wood spider Nephila pilipes (Araneae, Tetragnathidae). Journal of Biogeography. 34: 177-191.

13.  Lee, J. W., Jiang, L., Su, Y. C., and Tso, I. M. 2004. Is Central Mountain Ridge a geographic barrier to giant wood spider Nephila pilipes (Araneae, Tetragnathidae) in Taiwan? A population genetic approach. Zoological Studies. 43(1): 112-122.

 

14.  Lin, H. C., Su, Y. C., and Su, S. H. 2002. A comparative study of osmoregulation in four fiddler crabs (Ocypodidae: Uca). Zoological Science. 19: 643-650.


Conference Presentations (*indecates presenter)

1. Su, Y. C.* 2017. Using ultra-conserved elements (UCEs) genomic approaches resolve the phylogeny of Argyrodinae (Araneae: Theridiidae) – a progress report. 4th Conference of the Asian Society of Arachnology. Oral presentation.

2. Su, Y. C.* 2016. Can genomic approaches resolve the phylogeny of Argyrodinae (Araneae: Theridiidae)? 20th International Congress of Arachnology. Oral presentation.

3. Su, Y. C.* Alexander, A. M., Brown, R. M. 2015. Radiation 'Out-of-Palawan?’ A phylogenomic test in the endemic Philippine frog genus Sanguirana.  Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles (SSAR) annual meeting. Poster presentation.

4. Alexander, A. M.*, Su, Y. C., Oliveros, C. H., Travers, S. L., Brown, R. M. Ultra-conserved elements resolve a rapidly-diverging adaptive radiation of frogs in an island archipelago. Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles (SSAR) annual meeting. Oral presentation.

5. Su, Y. C., Su, S. H., Bhatta, C. P., Mayes, D., Smith, D. R., and Rueppell*, O. 2015. A prerequisite for genetic matching of hosts and parasites: genetic isolation of two Apis cerana populations in Thailand revealed by SNPs data.  Biology & Genomics of Social Insects meeting, Cold Spring Harbor, USA. Poster presentation.

6. Brown*, R. M., Travers, S., Olson, K., Oliveros, C., Su, Y. C., Andersen, M., Guo, X., Siler, C. D., and Moyle, R. 2015. UCE-primed sequence capture and the resolution of shallow divergences in cryptic species complexes: empirical applications in gecko and monitor lizard radiations in a Southeast Asian island archipelago. International Biogeography Society Bi-annual meetings. Oral presentation.

7. Su, Y. C., Su*, S. H., Bhatta, C. P., Mayes, D., and Smith, D. R. 2014. A prerequisite for genetic matching of hosts and parasites: genetic isolation of two Apis cerana populations in Thailand revealed by SNPs data.  Ecological Genomics Symposium. Kansas City, USA. Poster presentation.

8. Su*. S. H., Su, Y. C., and Smith, D. R. 2014. Phylogeography of dwarf honeybees, Apis florea and A. andreniformis. Ecological Genomics Symposium. Kansas City, USA. Poster presentation.

9. Su, Y. C. and Smith*, D. R. 2014. Group-living results in higher foraging success for a kleptoparasitic spider. 17th Congress of the International Union for the Study of Social Insects (IUSSI), Cairns, Australia. Poster presentation.

10. Su*, Y. C. and Smith, D. R. 2013. Host-use and evolution of group-living behavior in kleptoparasitic spiders: Molecular phylogeny of the Argyrodinae (Araneae: Theridiidae). International Congress of Arachnology. Oral presentation.

11. Su*, Y. C. and Smith, D. R. 2013. Living in groups results in higher foraging success for a kleptoparasitic spider. International Congress of Arachnology, Taiwan. Poster presentation.

12. Su*, Y. C., Brown, R. M., Lin, C. P., and Tso, I. M. 2013. Phylogeography of Macrothele taiwanesis on Taiwan and Ryukyu Island Arc. International Congress of Arachnology, Taiwan. Poster presentation.

13. Gonzales*, P., Su, Y. C., Barley, A., Diesmos, A. C., and Brown, R. M. 2013. Common mechanisms of diversification in co-distributed tree frogs of the genus Rhacophorus of the eastern Philippines? 13th annual University of Kansas-Haskell Indian Nations University Undergraduate Research Symposium. Poster presentation.

14. Gonzales*, P., Su, Y. C., Barley, A., Diesmos, A. C., and Brown, R. M. 2013. Archipelago colonization by ecologically dissimilar rainforest tree frogs: evaluating the hypothesis of common evolutionary history of geographical diffusion in islands of Southeast Asia. Annual joint meeting of US Ichthyologists and Herpetologists (JIMH). Poster presentation.

15. Su*, Y.C., Wang, J. F., and Lin, C. P. 2013. The island hopping treehoppers: species delimitation and phylogeography of treehopper Pyrgonota bifoliata senu lato (Hemiptera: Membracidae) on the Philippines Islands. Animal Behavior and Ecology Conference. Poster presentation.

16. Su*, Y. C. and Smith, D. R. 2011. Cooperative kleptoparasitism? Living in groups increases foraging efficiency in Argyrodes miniaceus (Theridiidae, Araneae). American Arachnological Society. Portland, Oregon. Poster presentation. Runner-up Award for student poster presentation.

17. Su*, Y. C. and Smith, D. R. 2011. Population genetic structure of kleptoparasitic spiders (Argyrodinae: Theridiidae)–A comparison between group-living and solitary species. 26th European Congress of Arachnology. Israel. Oral presentation. Cambridge University Press Award for student oral presentation.

18. Smith*, D. R., Su, Y. C., and Lubin, Y. 2011. Population structure and sex-specific dispersal in a cooperative, subsocial and solitary spider. 26th European Congress of Arachnology. Israel. Oral presentation.

19. Smith*, D. R., Lubin, Y., and Su, Y. C. 2010. Male and female mediated gene flow in the social spider Stegodyphus dumicola. International Union for the Study of Social Insects. XVI Congress in Copenhagen, Denmark. Poster presentation.

20. Smith*, D. R., Villafuerte, L.S., Palikij, J., and Su, Y.C. 2010. Dwarves and giants: studies on biogeography of Apis florea and A. andreniformis, and A. dorsata. 10th AAA Conference & Api Expo, Bexco, Busan, Korea. Oral presentation.

21. Su*, Y. C., Smith, D. R., and Tso, I. M. 2008. Phylogeography of Macrothele taiwanesis (Hexathelidae) on Taiwan and Ryukyu Island Arc. American Arachnological Society. 32nd Annual meeting, UC Berkeley. CA. Poster presentation.

22. Su*, Y. C., Smith, D. R., and Tso, I. M. 2007. Allopatric fragmentation of funnel web spider populations, Macrothele taiwanensis and M. holsti (Mygalomorphae, Hexathelidae), on East Asian Islands. 17th International Congress of Arachnology. Sao Pedro, Brazil. Abstract submitted.

23. Chang, Y. H., Su*, Y. C., and Tso, I. M. 2003. Molecular phylogeography of the golden orb spider genus Nephila in West Pacific support a center-of-accumulation speciation pattern. Animal Behavior and Ecology Conference. Taiwan. Poster presentation.

24. Su, Y. C., Su, S. H., and Lin*, H. C. 2001. A comparative study of osmoregulation in four fiddler crabs (Ocypodidae: Uca). 70th Anniversary of the Japanese Society of Fisheries Science. International Commemorative Symposium. Yokohama, Japan. Poster Presentation.

25. Lin*, H. C. and Su, Y. C. 1998. The biome of Kao-Mei Wetland. Essays of the 4th Conference on Coastal Wetlands Ecology and Conservation. P. 92-114. (Abstract in Chinese), Taiwan. Oral presentation.

26. Su*, Y. C., Lin, H. C., and Su, S. H. 1997. A comparative study of osmoregulation in four fiddler crabs (Ocypodidae: Uca). The Biological Society of China (Abstract in Chinese), p. 44., Taiwan. Oral presentation.

27. Su*, S. H., Su, Y. C., and Lin, H. C. 1996. Function of the chimney structure at burrow entrance in the fiddler crab Uca formosensis. Animal Behavior and Ecology Conference. p. 7., Taiwan. (Abstract in Chinese). Oral presentation.

 

Other Publication

Su, Y. C. 2012.  Dissertation: A gang of thieves: evolution of cooperative kleptoparasitism in the subfamily Argyrodinae (Araneae: Theridiidae).

 

URL: http://kuscholarworks.ku.edu/dspace/handle/1808/10264

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