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University of California
Department of Entomology
Riverside, CA 92521-0314

Telephone: (951) 827-4315


Birthdate: 22 December, 1961
Birthplace: Jamaica, New York
Citizenship: USA


  • 1983 B.S. in Biology (specializations in Entomology and in Ecology & Systematics): Cornell Univ., College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Ithaca, NY
  • 1991 Ph. D. in Entomology: Dept. of Entomology, Univ. of Kansas, Lawrence, KS


  • 1982 B.S. with Honors in Biology, Cornell Univ., College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
  • 1983 Smithsonian Student Outreach Grant for travel costs to Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, Panama (see Research and Teaching Experience)

  • 1983-1987 Univ. of Kansas Honors Fellowship; tuition paid for 4 years, first and fourth years each also including $5000 stipend, salaried position during second and third years (see Research and Teaching Experience)

  • 1990 Board of Directors, Jayhawk Audubon Society

  • 1991 Ph. D. awarded with Honors, Univ. of Kansas

  • 1992 Nominated and accepted for membership, Univ. of Kansas Evolutionists

  • 1995 Nominated and accepted for affiliation, Univ. of Illinois Dept. of Entomology

  • 1996-1998 Bolsa Pesquisador Visitante (Visiting Researcher Fellowship), Conselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento Cientifico e Tecnologico, administered by the Departmento de Biologia Geral, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte, Brazil. Three-year position, beginning October 1st, annual stipend of approximately $40,000 U.S., paid duties solely concerning research (ecology, behavior, systematics); other activities voluntary.

  • 2000 Equipment grant from University of California Genetic Resources Conservation Program for explosion-proof freezer for DNA samples (approx. $2300)

  • 2001 Biological Research Collections (BRC) grant from National Science Foundation: "Purchase and installation of a compactor storage system in the Entomology Research Museum, University of California, Riverside." NSF Award # DBI-0138516; for renovation of museum space to house mobile compactor system, including new cabinetry (approx. $345,000); myself as primary author, with Drs. J. Heraty and S. Triapitsyn listed as PI's (my job description precluded placement as PI).

  • 2008 Content Seed Money Grant from Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF): "Digitisation Of Bee Specimen Records From UC Riverside\342\200\235 GBIF Award # 2007-35; for databasing of UCR\342\200\231s bee holdings (approx. 100-150,000 specimens), award approx. $49,000.

  • 2009 Appointed as Commissioner of the International Commission on Zoological Nomenclature.


  • 1988 Yanega, D. Social plasticity and early-diapausing females in a primitively social bee, Halictus rubicundus. Proc. Nat. Acad. Sci. (USA) 85: 4374-4377
  • 1989 Yanega, D. Caste determination and differential diapause within the first brood of Halictus rubicundus in New York (Hymenoptera: Halictidae). Behav. Ecol. Sociobiol. 24: 97-107

  • 1990 Yanega, D. Philopatry and nest founding in a primitively social bee, Halictus rubicundus. Behav. Ecol. Sociobiol. 27: 37-42

  • 1991 Yanega, D. The biology of the facultatively social sweat bee Halictus rubicundus (Hymenoptera: Halictidae). Ph. D. Thesis, Univ. of Kansas, Lawrence, KS, 105 pp.

  • 1991 Adams, J.K., Yanega, D. The lepidopteran host of a Neotropical bombyliid fly (Lepidoptera: Limacodidae, Diptera: Bombyliidae). J. Kans. Ent. Soc. 64: 443-444

  • 1992 Yanega, D. Does mating determine caste in sweat bees? (Hymenoptera: Halictidae) J. Kans. Ent. Soc. 65: 231-237

  • 1993 Yanega, D. Environmental effects on male production and social structure in Halictus rubicundus (Hymenoptera: Halictidae). Insectes Sociaux 40: 169-180

  • 1993 Alexander, B.A., Minckley, R.L., Yanega, D. Nesting biology of Glenostictia pictifrons (F. Smith) (Hymenoptera: Sphecidae: Bembicini). J. Kans. Ent. Soc. 66: 108-120

  • 1994 Minckley, R.L., Wcislo, W.T., Yanega, D., Buchmann, S.L. Behavior and phenology of a specialist bee (Dieunomia) and sunflower (Helianthus) pollen availability. Ecology 75: 1406-1419

  • 1994 Yanega, D., Leschen, R.A.B. Beetles associated with bee nests (Hymenoptera: Apidae) in Chiapas, M\303\251xico, with descriptions of the immature stages of Vanonus balteatus Werner (Coleoptera: Aderidae, Endomychidae, Meloidae). Coleopterist's Bull. 48: 355-360

  • 1994 Yanega, D. Arboreal, ant-mimicking mutillid wasps, Pappognatha; parasites of Neotropical Euglossa (Hymenoptera: Mutillidae and Apidae). Biotropica 26: 465-468

  • 1994 Yanega, D. Nests of three species of megachilid bees (Hymenoptera: Apoidea: Megachilidae) from Coahuila, M\303\251xico. J. Kans. Ent. Soc. 67: 415-417

  • 1995 Crespi, B.J., Yanega, D. The definition of eusociality. Behavioral Ecol. 6: 109-115

  • 1995 Roubik, D.W., Yanega, D., Aluja, M., Buchmann, S.L., Inouye, D.W. On optimal nectar foraging by some tropical bees. Apidologie 26: 197-211

  • 1996 Yanega, D. Records of Propylea quatuordecimpunctata (Coleoptera: Coccinellidae) from Long Island, New York: evidence for a naturalized population before 1991. Ent. News 107: 36-38

  • 1996 Ayala, R., Griswold, T.L., Yanega, D. Apoidea (Hymenoptera). pp. 423-464 in Llorente, J.E., Garcia-Aldrete, A.N., Gonzalez, S.E. (eds.) Biodiversidad, Taxonom\303\255a y Biogeograf\303\255a de Artr\303\263podos de M\303\251xico: Hacia una S\303\255ntesis de su Conocimiento. Instituto de Biolog\303\255a, UNAM. M\303\251xico.

  • 1996 Yanega, D. Field Guide to Northeastern Longhorned Beetles (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae). Illinois Natural History Survey Manual 6. 184 pp.

  • 1996 Yanega, D. Sex ratio and sex allocation in sweat bees (Hymenoptera: Halictidae). J. Kans. Ent. Soc. 69 Suppl.: 98-115

  • 1996 Blair, R.B., Schwartz, M.W., Yanega, D. Illinois ForestWatch Forest Monitoring Manual - Draft. [Internal publication of the Illinois Natural History Survey and Illinois Dept. of Natural Resources; 1997 version revised substantially and with different authorship]

  • 1997 Yanega, D. Demography and sociality in halictine bees (Hymenoptera: Halictidae). pp. 293-315 in Choe, J.C. & Crespi, B.J. (eds.) Social Competition and Cooperation in Insects and Arachnids: Vol. II. Evolution of Sociality. Princeton Univ. Press, Princeton

  • 1997 Engel, M.S., Brooks, R.W., Yanega, D. New genera and subgenera of augochlorine bees (Hymenoptera: Halictidae). Scientific Papers, Natural History Museum, University of Kansas 5: 1-21

  • 1998 Yanega, D. Padr\303\265es de comportamento social nos halict\303\255deos tropicais. Anais do Encontro sobre Abelhas 3: 190-195

  • 1998 Martins, R.P., Soares, L.A., Yanega, D. The nesting behavior and dynamics of Bicyrtes angulata (F. Smith) with a comparison to other species in the genus (Hymenoptera: Sphecidae). J. Hym. Res. 7: 165-177

  • 1999 Rozen, J.G. Jr., Yanega, D. Nesting biology and immature stages of the South American bee genus Acamptopoeum (Hymenoptera: Andrenidae: Panurginae). Univ. Kansas Nat. Hist. Mus. Special Pub. 24: 59-67.

  • 1999 Ferreira, R.L., Yanega, D. Ecology and behavior of Albardia furcata larvae, with associated natural history notes (Neuroptera: Ascalaphidae). J. Neuropterology 2: 25-34

  • 2000 Fernandes, G.W., Price, P.W., Gon\303\247alves-Alvim, S.J., Craig, T.P., Yanega, D. Response of the galling insect Aciurina trixa Curran (Diptera: Tephritidae) to host plant quality. An. Soc. Entomol. Brasil 29: 423-431

  • 2000 Lopes Ferreira, R., Parentoni Martins, R., Yanega, D. Ecology of bat guano arthropod communities in a Brazilian dry cave. Ecotropica (Bonn) 6: 105-116

  • 2001 Bethke, J.A., Campbell, K.A., Blua, M.J., Redak, R.A., Yanega, D.A. Range extension of Pseneo punctatus Fox and notes on predation of an introduced sharpshooter, Homalodisca coagulata (Say). Pan-Pac. Ent. 77: 54-56

  • 2002 Mejdalani, G. Takiya, D.M., Felix, M., Ceotto, P., Yanega, D. Teletusa limpida (Signoret): a Neotropical proconiine leafhopper that mimics megachilid bees (Hymenoptera: Apoidea), with notes on Batesian mimicry in the subfamily Cicadellinae (Hemiptera: Cicadellidae). Denisia 4: 215-224

  • 2003 Minckley, R.L., Cane, J.H., Kervin, L., Yanega, D. Biological impediments to measures of competition among introduced honey bees and desert bees (Hymenoptera: Apiformes). J. Kansas Ent. Soc. 76: 306-319

  • 2003 Gupta, R.K., Yanega, D. A taxonomic overview of the carpenter bees of the Indian region [Hymenoptera, Apoidea, Apidae, Xylocopinae, Xylocopini, Xylocopa Latreille]. pp. 79-100 in Gupta, R.K. (Ed.) Advancements in Insect Biodiversity. Agrobios, Jodhpur, India.

  • 2004 Westenberger, S.J., Sturm, N.R., Yanega, D., Podlipaev, S.A., Zeled\303\263n, R., Campbell, D.A., Maslov, D.A. Trypanosomatid biodiversity in Costa Rica: genotyping of parasites from Heteroptera using the spliced leader RNA gene. Parasitology 129: 537-547.

  • 2004 Yanega, D., Olson, D., Shute, S. Komiya, Z. The Xixuthrus species of Fiji (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae: Prioninae). Zootaxa 777: 1-10.

  • 2005 Manley, D.G., Yanega, D. Synonymy of Dasymutilla arenivaga Mickel (Hymenoptera: Mutillidae). Pan-Pac. Ent. 81: 127-130.

  • 2008 Polaszek, A., Pyle, R., Yanega, D. Animal Names for All: ICZN, ZooBank and the New Taxonomy. Chapter 8 (pp. 129-141) in Wheeler, Q. D. (2008) The New Taxonomy. Systematics Association Special Volume Series 75. CRC Press, Boca Raton, FL.


  • 1992 Yanega, D. PCAM Database of Mexican Bees, with Floral Associations (in FoxPro; available at
  • 1993 Harris, M.A., Yanega, D. INHS Plecoptera Collection Database (in Filemaker Pro); interface and design later adapted for use in all INHS collections

  • 1996 Yanega, D. "Curious Scientific Names";

  • 1999 Yanega, D. UCR Entomology Research Museum Collection Database (in Filemaker Pro); including hierarchical taxonomic authority files

  • 1999 Yanega, D. UCR Insect FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) Page;

  • 2001 Yanega, D. Bee Genera of the World;

  • 1982 Cornell Univ. Undergraduate Honors Thesis on seasonal cycle of Halictus rubicundus; advised by Dr. George C. Eickwort
  • 1982-1991 Ph. D. Dissertation Research, Univ. of Kansas; Population Ecology and Social Behavior of Halictus rubicundus in New York. Over 2500 hours of field observations of a population in New York (studied April-July or August each year), with individually-marked bees; description and analysis of social structure and its controlling factors, with particular emphasis on sex ratios and demography, and the significance of these findings in understanding social evolution in halictid bees (especially regarding importance of caste determination, parental manipulation, and environmental control). Completed May 1991

  • 1983 Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, Panama; research assistant for Dr. David W. Roubik on study of nectar use and resource partitioning in Trigona bee species; also field assistant duties (with meliponines, euglossines, and Africanized Apis), January-March

  • 1985-1986 Univ. of Kansas, Research Assistant for Dr. Charles D. Michener (as part of Honors Fellowship); analysis of data and preparation of manuscripts pertaining to research in New York

  • 1991 Curatorial Assistant, Snow Museum, Univ. of Kansas; family-level curation of all Hymenoptera, June

  • 1991-1992 Scientific illustrator, Snow Museum, Univ. of Kansas

  • 1992 21-day collecting/research trip to Mexico; member of NSF-funded PCAM (Programa Cooperativo sobre la Apifauna Mexicana) expedition to northern Mexico to survey local bee biodiversity, March-April

  • 1992-1994 Associate Research Scientist at Illinois Natural History Survey, Champaign-Urbana, Illinois; designing and implementing biological database (including species identification and data entry) on Biodiversity of Mexican Bees for PCAM (Programa Cooperativo sobre la Apifauna Mexicana), NSF-funded postdoctoral position under Dr. Wallace LaBerge [full-time for first 12 months, half-time thereafter]

  • 1993-1994 Research Assistant (half-time) at Illinois Natural History Survey, Champaign-Urbana, Illinois; development of database, specimen identification and data entry for Illinois Natural History Survey database of Plecoptera, under Dr. Mark Wetzel

  • 1994 12-day collecting/research trip to Mexico; member of NSF-funded PCAM (Programa Cooperativo sobre la Apifauna Mexicana) expedition to western Mexico to survey local bee biodiversity, April

  • 1994 Visiting Curator for Bohart Museum of Entomology, Univ. of California-Davis; genus-level curation of all Apoidea, May

  • 1994-1995 Associate Research Scientist at Illinois Natural History Survey, Champaign-Urbana, Illinois; Criticial Trends Assessment Program, coordinating and designing long-term ecological monitoring protocols for Illinois woodlands, ENR-funded postdoctoral position under Dr. Lawrence Page and Dr. Mark Schwartz

  • 1995 species-level curation of North American Cerambycidae, Illinois Natural History Survey, January-March

  • 1995 Visiting Curator for Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago; family-level curation of all Hymenoptera, genus-level curation of all Apoidea, additional minor curation of Cerambycidae, May

  • 1995 Associate Research Scientist at Illinois Natural History Survey; Insect faunistic survey of the 12-Mile Prairie, DNR-funded postdoctoral position under Dr. John Bouseman, July-August

  • 1995-1996 Visiting Curator for Canadian National Collection, Ottawa; genus-level curation of all Apoidea, November, 1995 and July, 1996

  • 1995-1996 American Museum of Natural History, New York; genus-level curation of Apoidea, December, 1995 and July, 1996

  • 1996 Field Assistant for Dr. Robert Minckley, Auburn University; study of creosotebush (Larrea tridentata) pollination in Arizona, April

  • 1996 Curatorial Assistant at Illinois Natural History Survey; species-level curation of Lepidoptera, Apoidea, Cerambycidae, and other orders, with databasing of Lepidoptera, May-August

  • 1996-1999 Visiting Researcher at the Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte, Brazil; ecology, behavior, and systematics of Halictid bees, systematics of Diptera (Syrphidae and Ctenostylidae), natural history of herbivorous and fungivorous insects

  • 1997 Visiting Curator, Museu Federal do Paran\303\241, Curitiba; generic curation of Apoidea and other insects, January

  • 1997 Invited Researcher, Univ. Federal de Vi\303\247osa; generic curation of Apoidea and other insects, June

  • 1998 Visiting lecturer/curator, Univ. Federal de S\303\243o Paulo; curation of Apoidea and other insects, in May

  • 1999- Senior Museum Scientist, Univ. of California, Riverside; acting collection manager, 100% time, supervising a collection of approximately 3 million specimens, including creation and development of specimen-level database

  • 1984-1985 Univ. of Kansas, Biology 106 ("Introductory Biology") Graduate Teaching Assistant (as part of Honors Fellowship); laboratory supervision, responsible for original lecture material; also in 1987
  • 1988-1991 Univ. of Kansas, Biology 409 ("Physiology of Organisms") Graduate Teaching Assistant; responsible for preparation and organization of laboratory in plant/animal physiology, and original lecture material

  • 1989 "Does mating determine caste in Sweat Bees?"; 20-minute invited Symposium presentation at Ent. Soc. America conference, San Antonio, Texas, in December

  • 1991 "A careful disorderliness: Sweat bee biology and social evolution"; Dissertation defense, Univ. of Kansas, in May

  • 1991-1992 Tutor in Biology, Student Support Services, Univ. of Kansas

  • 1991-1993 "Insects and Arachnids", "Diversity of Insects", "Bees and Wasps"; 45-minute presentations (a total of ten occasions) for Public Education program, Dyche Museum of Natural History, Univ. of Kansas, October 1991, March, September, October, December 1992, and April 1993

  • 1992 "Specialization of Nomia triangulifera on Helianthus annuus: Competition or synchronization?"; 17-minute presentation at the International Non-Apis Bee Conference, Logan, Utah, August

  • 1993 "Facultative eusociality: What makes Sweat Bees (Halictidae) unique?"; 15-minute presentation at the Animal Behavior Society meeting, Davis, California, July

  • 1994 Univ. of Illinois, Entomology 426 ("The evolutionary origins of eusocial systems") Co-instructor with Gene Robinson, Ellis Macleod, and David Pfennig, January-May

  • 1995 "Sex ratio and sexual investment in sweat bees (Hymenoptera: Halictidae)"; 15-minute presentation at Eickwort Memorial Symposium, Cornell University, April

  • 1995 "The Bee Fauna of Mexico"; invited presentation for Dept. of Entomology, Univ. of Kansas, October

  • 1996 Univ. of Illinois, Entomology 426 ("Topics in Systematic Theory") Instructor, Jan.-May

  • 1997 Invited Researcher for the Universidade Federal de Vi\303\247osa; "Evolu\303\247\303\243o de Comportamento Social; estudos sobre Halictidae" one-hour presentation (in Portuguese), June

  • 1997 Univ. Federal de Minas Gerais, Curso de Campo em Ecologia ("Field Course in Ecology") co-instructor, July

  • 1997 Univ. Federal de Minas Gerais, Ecologia II ("Ecology 2") co-instructor, October

  • 1998 Univ. Federal de Minas Gerais, T\303\263picos em Ecologia, co-instructor, March

  • 1998 Univ. Federal de S\303\243o Paulo, visiting lecturer/curator, two presentations; "A Categoriza\303\247ao de Formas de Socialidade", presented at the Museu do Zoologia, and "Rela\303\247\303\265es ecol\303\263gicas de polinizadores especializados", USP - S\303\243o Paulo, in May

  • 1998 "Padr\303\265es de comportamento social nos halict\303\255deos tropicais"; invited symposium presentation at III Encontro sobre Abelhas, USP - Ribeir\303\243o Preto, in June

  • 1998 Univ. Federal de Minas Gerais, Ecologia Animal, co-instructor, July-October

  • 1995 "Specialist Relationships of Plants and Pollinators"; presentation for Dept. of Biology, Univ. of California, Riverside, September

  • 1999 Attendee, NSF-sponsored workshop on Digital Gazetteer Information Exchange; Smithsonian Institution, in October

  • 1999 "Databasing in the UCR Entomology Museum"; presentation for Entomological Collections Network meeting in Atlanta, in December

  • 2001 "Integrating Taxonomic Authority Files"; presentation for Entomological Collections Network meeting in San Diego, in December; also co-organizer of the 2001 ECN meeting, with Drs. J. Heraty and S. Triapitsyn

  • 2003 "Moving the UCR Insect Collection"; presentation for Entomological Collections Network meeting in Cincinnati, in November

  • 2005 "Sweat bees and the social threshold: Inclusive fitness or maternal manipulation?"; invited symposium presentation for Entomological Society of America meeting in Fort Lauderdale, in December

  • 2005 "The future of taxonomic publication: cutting the Gordian knot?"; invited symposium presentation for Entomological Collections Network meeting in Indianapolis, in December

  • International Commission on Zoological Nomenclature

  • Entomological Collections Network

  • Hymenopterist's Society

  • University of Kansas Evolutionists

  • Scientific Advisory Board, Chicago Reader "Straight Dope"

  • Collaborator, Wikiproject Arthropods (Wikipedia/Wikispecies)

  • evolutionary biology and behavioral ecology of Hymenoptera, particularly bees (behavioral interactions and social control mechanisms, behavioral flexibility and phenotypic plasticity, evolution of sociality, sex ratio theory, demographic analysis and computer modeling)
  • systematics of "short-tongued" bees, especially augochlorine halictids and panurgine andrenids

  • biogeography and faunistic analyses of bees

  • pollination ecology, especially plant-pollinator interactions

  • biological databases and computer-assisted taxonomic guides and authority files

  • conservation biology and biodiversity of terrestrial insects

  • biology of cleptoparasitic bees, mutillids, and other parasites/predators of social insects

  • biology of parasitic insects, esp. Hymenoptera

  • mimicry and related phenomena, including insect defense mechanisms

Updated: 18 June 2009

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