Chi Yuan

Postdoctoral Research Associate

Chesson Lab
Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
University of Arizona

Contact information:
Mailing address: BioSciences West 310, Tucson, AZ 85721
Email: cyuan@email.arizona.edu
Work Phone: 520-621-1889


Education

Ph.D in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (2008-2014). University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ, USA.
     Dissertation: Perennial Plant Models to study Species Coexistence in a Variable Environment
     Committee: Peter Chesson (Advisor), Michael Rosenzweig, Larry Venable and Judith Bronstein.

M.S. in Statistics, (2011-2013). University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ, USA.

B.S. in Biological Sciences (2004-2008). Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China


Research Interests

Diversity Maintenance, Spatially and Temporally Variable Environment, Species Interaction and Theoretical Models


Research Experience

  • 2011.9 - Present: Continuous-size structured model for perennial plant in variable environment: comparing the contribution of variation in reproduction and variation in individual growth to species coexistence.
  • 2011.6 - 2012.5: Using Evolutionary Game Theory to study the evolutionary dynamics of Allee Effect in semelparous plants.
  • 2010.8 - present Species coexistence under full correlation of environmental responses: the role of asymmetric sensitivities in environmental responses in creating temporal niche partitioning.
  • 2009.5 - 2011.8: Field quantification of coexistence mechanisms in desert perennial plant community: case study in Encelia farinose recruitment.
  • 2008.9 - 2009.8: The effect of relative nonlinearity in stabilizing species coexistence under temporally variable environment. (Learn more details)
  • 2006.12 - 2008.6: Analysis of Urban Metabolism based on Material and Energy flow for Great Hangzhou Area. Modified Material flow, energy consumption, nutrient dynamics under the effect of urbanization was illustrated.

Publications

  • Chi Yuan and Peter Chesson. Coexistence of species with contrasting life histories: the role of tradeoffs for diversity maintenance in a variable environment, in final preparation for submission.
  • Chi Yuan and Peter Chesson. A structured lottery model for species coexistence in a variable environment: general coexistence mechanisms for species with complex life histories, in final preparation for submission.
  • Chi Yuan and Peter Chesson. The relative importance of relative nonlinearity in the lottery model, in revision, Theoretical Population Biology.
  • Baojing Gu, Jie Chang, Ying Ge, Hanliang Ge, Chi Yuan, Changhui Peng, Hong Jiang (2009). Anthropogenic modification of the nitrogen cycling within the Greater Hangzhou Area system, China. Ecological Applications: Vol. 19, No. 4, pp. 974 - 988.
  • Michael L. Rosenzweig, John Donoghue II, Yue Max Li and Chi Yuan, Estimating species density, book chapter in "Biological diversity: frontiers in measurement and assessmen" estimated published date Oct 2010, Oxford University Press

Contributed Scientific Presentations

  • Continuous size structured lottery model for studying coexistence of forest trees in a variable environment. Ecological Society of America Meeting, 2013.
  • Continuous Multi-structure lottery model for studying species coexistence in variable environment. Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Arizona, 2013.
  • The role of asymmetric sensitivities in environmental responses on promoting species coexistence in variable environment. Ecological Society of America Meeting, 2012.
  • Asymmetric sensitivities in environmental responses: its role in creating temporal niche partitioning for species coexistence Ecological Society of America Meeting, 2011.
  • Coexistence of perennial plant species in variable environments-A framework of dissertation proposal. Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Arizona, 2010.
  • Size-structured model for perennial plant communities in variable environment. Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Arizona, 2010.
  • A size-structured model for quantifying coexistence in perennial plants, with application to the Sonoran Desert. Ecological Society of America Meeting, 2010 (Abstract) (slides)
  • Coexistence by recruitment variation: How large is the contribution of relative nonlinearity?. Ecological Society of America Meeting, 2009 (Abstract) (slides)

Grant, Award and Hornor

  • Institute of Environment Travel Grant, 2013
  • Summer Research Award, University of Arizona, 2013
  • Graduate Interdisciplinary Program in Statistics First-Year Student Award, 2012
  • HE Carter Award, University of Arizona, 2012
  • GPSC travel grant University of Arizona, 2010, 2011, 2013
  • Science Foundation Arizona Fellowship, 2008-2010
  • Students Research Training Program1, Zhejiang University, ¥1000, 2007
  • National Undergraduate Innovative Experiment Program, Chinese National Ministry of Education, ¥10,000, 2007
  • Excellent Undergraduate Scholarship, Zhejiang University, ¥2,500, 2004 - 2007

Synergistic Activities


Quantitative and Computational Skills


Last Updated: Jan. 2015