Prof. Ya-Fu Lee

Professor
Prof. Ya-Fu Lee
 
中文
TEL:+886-6-275-7575 ext.58115    研究室:58104 or 58114轉54
Email: yafulee@mail.ncku.edu.tw

Laboratory:  Behavioral and Evolutionary Ecology
Research interests:  Behavioral ecology, community ecology, Evolutionary ecology, Conservation ecology

My research interests lie in animal behavior, ecology, their interrelationships and evolutionary contexts, & implications for conservation. We study how interspecific & intraspecific individual differences in behavior, life history, & eco-morphological traits shape organisms’ roles, through various processes (competitive, predatory, herbivorous, parasitic, mutualistic, & sexual interactions) within populations or assemblages, and affect community structures and diversity. We focus on terrestrial vertebrates, but also certain invertebrates, and plants, such as bats, birds, amphibians, lizards, cicadas, soil arthropods, figs, and mistletoes. The present research themes include: (1) the integration of behavioral, sensory, & cognitive ecology, & its effects on habitat and resource use of animals; (2) animal-plant interactions and their effects on community structure; (3) the applications of restoration ecology in agro-ecological & urban ecosystems, and the implications for conservation and sustainability.   

Ongoing research projects

(1) Exploratory behavior, personality, and the relationships with parasitism (theme 1)
(2) Echolocation behavior and chiropteran assemblages (theme 1)
(3) Frugivores, frugivory, and fig interactions (theme 2)
(4) Flower-peckers, mistletoes, and plant host interactions (theme 2)
(5) Agro-ecological field restoration, flower meadows, and biodiversity (theme 3)
(6) Avian behaviors in urban settings and the implications for urban conservation (theme 3)
(7) Wind farms and the impact on bats and birds (theme 1, 3)

 

Education

Ph.D. Degree Ecology and Evolutionary Biology; The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN, USA
Master Degree Ecology; The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN, USA
Bachelor’s Degree Transportation Engineering and Management, National Chiao Tung University, Taiwan

Experience

Period Service agencies

2012 

Visiting Scholar. Tropical Biosphere Research Center, University of the Ryukyus, Okinawa, JAPAN (hosted by Professor Shigeyuki Baba)
2010-present Professor. Department of Life Sciences, National Cheng Kung University
2009

Visiting Scholar, Institute of Experimental Ecology, The University of Ulm, Ulm, Germany; and Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, Panama;
Smithsonian Institution (hosted by Professor Dr. Elisabeth K. V. Kalko)

2005-2010

Associate Professor. Department of Life Sciences, National Cheng Kung University

2005

Visiting Scholar. Research Institute for Humanity and Nature, Kyoto, JAPAN
 (Iriomotejima Branch; hosted by Professor Tokushiro TAKASO)

2003-2005

Assistant Professor. Department of Life Sciences, National Cheng Kung University

2002-2003

Assistant Professor. Department of Natural Resources, National I-lan University

2001-2002 Post-doctoral Research Fellow. Division of Foist Protection, Taiwan Forestry Research Institute
2000-2008 Scientific Advisory Board. Bat Conservation International, Austin, Texas, USA
2000 Post-doctoral Research Fellow. Institute of Zoology, Academia Sinica

Awards and Honors

2016 National Cheng Kung University Teaching Excellency Award
2012

Foreign Scholar Research Grant. Tropical Biosphere Research Center, University of the Ryukyus, Okinawa, JAPAN.

2012 Chinese Biological Society Outstanding Research Award
2011 National Cheng Kung University Outstanding Teaching Award
2010 National Cheng Kung University Outstanding Mentoring Award
2009 National Science Council Science and Technology Short Term Oversea Research Award
2009 National Cheng Kung University Outstanding Teaching Award
2007 National Cheng Kung University Outstanding Teaching Award
2005 Foreign Scholar Research Grant. Research Institute for Humanity and Nature, Kyoto, JAPAN.

 

Publications

Periodical articles (Link)

Journal papers

  1. Huang, Y.-T., Y-F. Lee1,*, Y.-M. Kuo, S.-Y. Chang, and C.-L. Wu. 2017. Interspecific differences in functional traits among monoecious and dioecious figs and the ecological correlates. Perspectives in Plant Ecology, Evolution and Systematics (in revision)
  2. Lee, Y.-F.*, Yen-Min Kuo, Hsin-Yi Chang, Chi-Feng Tsai, Shigeyuki Baba. 2017. Fruits matter, but not equally: differential fig dependence of and seed removal by flying foxes in East-Asian subtropical island forests. BMC Ecology (in press)
  3. Lee, Y.-F.*, Kuo, Y.-M.1, and W.-C. Chu. 2016. Energy state affects exploratory behavior of tree sparrows in a group context under differential food-patch distributions. Frontiers in Zoology 13:48.
  4. Chang, H.-Y. 1 and Y-F. Lee1,*. 2016. Bird assemblages and breeding activity in tropical urban parks ― Effects of area, disturbance, isolation, and heterogeneity. Urban Ecosystems 19:257-274.
  5. Chen, W.-M.1, Y-F. Lee1,*, C.-F. Tsai, C.-T. Yao, Y.-H. Chen, S.-H. Li, and Y.-M. Kuo. 2015. Dawn chorus variation in East-Asian tropical montane forest birds and its ecological and morphological correlates. Contribution to Zoology 84: 255-265.
  6. Tsai, C.-F.1, Y-F. Lee*, Y.-H. Chen. 2015. Species turnover in tropical montane forest avifauna links to climatic correlates. Global Ecology and Conservation 3:541-552.
  7. Ngo, B. V. 1, Y-F. Lee1,*, and C. D. Ngo. 2014. Variation in dietary composition of granular spiny frogs (Quasipaa verrucospinosa) in central Vietnam. Herpetological Journal 24: 245-253.
  8. Kuo, Y.-M.1, Y-F. Lee1*, and W.-C. Chu. 2014. Group effects and background color-patterns affect the exploratory behavior of tree sparrows. Ethology 120:1062-1072
  9. Vanderelst, D., Y-F. Lee, I. Geipel, E. Kalko, Y.-M. Kuo, and H. Peremans. 2013. The noseleaf of Rhinolophus formosae focuses the Frequency Modulated (FM) component of the calls. Frontiers in Physiology 4:191. doi 10.3389/fphys.2013.00191
  10. Su, Y.-M., -C. L. Hou, H.-L. Wang, C.-F. Yang, and Y.-F. Lee. 2013. Growth and Chlorophyll Content of Mangroves in Wetland Mesocosms for the Treatment of Mariculture Effluent. Advanced Science Letters 19: 3413-3420
  11. Chang1, S.-Y., Y-F. Lee1*, Y.-M. Kuo, and J.-H. Chen. 2012. Frugivory by barbets and the effects of de-inhibition and scarification on seed germination. Canadian Journal of Zoology 90: 640-650.
  12. Lee, Y.-F.*, Y.-M. Kuo, -C. Chu, Y.-H. Lin, H.-Y. Chang, W.-M. Chen. 2012. Ecomorphology, differentiated habitat use, and nocturnal activities of Rhinolophus and Hipposideros in East-Asia tropical forests. Zoology 115: 22-29.
  13. Lee, Y.-F. 1*, Y.-H. Lin1, and S.-H. Wu. 2010. Spatiotemporal variation in cicada diversity and distribution, and tree use by exuviating nymphs, in East Asian tropical reef-karst forests and forestry plantations. Annals of the Entomological Society of America 102:216-226.
  14. Lee, Y.-F.*, Takaso, T.-Y. Chiang, Y.-M. Kuo, N. Nakanishi, H.-Y. Tzeng, and K. Yasuda. 2009. Variation in the nocturnal foraging distribution of and resource use by endangered Ryukyu flying-foxes (Pteropus dasymallus) on Iriomotejima, Japan. Contributions to Zoology 78:51-64.
  15. Gillam, E. H., G. F. McCracken, J. K. Westbrook, Y-F. Lee, M. L. Jensen, and B. B. Balsley. 2009. Bats aloft: variability in echolocation call structure at high altitudes. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 63: 69-79.
  16. Lee, Y.-F.*, Y.-M. Kuo, S.-S. Lu, H.-J. Jean, D.-Y. Chen, P.-C. L. Hou, and J.-T. Chao. 2009. Trampling, litter removal, and variations in the composition and relative abundance of soil arthropods in a subtropical hardwood forest. Zoological Studies 48: 162-173.
  17. Chiang, T.-Y.1, -C. Lao1, Y.-F. Lee1, C.-T. Yao. 2008. Development of 15 polymorphic microsatellite loci from Garrulax morrisonianus (Timaliidae), an endemic avian species of Taiwan. Conservation Genetics 9: 1711-1713.
  18. Lee, Y.-F.*, -M. Kuo, W.-C. Chu, Y.-H. Lin, S.-H. Wu, H-H. Wang, and J.-T. Chao. 2008. Spatiotemporal variation in avian diversity and the short-term effects of typhoons in tropical reef-karst forests on Taiwan. Zoological Science 25: 593-603.
  19. McCracken, G. F., E. H. Gillam, J. K. Westbrook, Y.-F. Lee, M. L. Jensen, and B. B. Balsley. 2008. Brazilian free-tailed bats (Tadarida brasiliensis: Molossidae, Chiroptera) at high altitude: links to migratory insect populations. Integrative and Comparative Biology 48: 107-118.
  20. Lee, Y.-F.*, -M. Kuo, W.-C. Chu, Y.-H. Lin. 2007. Chiropteran diversity in different settings of the uplifed coral reef tropical forest of Taiwan. Journal of Mammalogy 88: 1239-1247.
  21. Lee, Y.-F.*, -M. Kuo, Y.-H. Lin, W.-C. Chu, H-H. Wang, and S.-H. Wu. 2006. Composition, diversity, and spatial relationships in anurans following wetland restoration in a managed tropical forest. Zoological Science 23: 883-891.
  22. Lee, Y.-F.*, Y.-M. Kuo, and E. K. Bollinger. 2005. Effects of feeding height and distance from protective cover on the foraging behavior of wintering birds. Canadian Journal of Zoology 83: 880-890.
  23. Lee, Y.-F.* and G. F. McCracken. 2005. Dietary variation of Brazilian free-tailed bats links to migratory populations of pest insects. Journal of Mammalogy 86: 67-76. 
  24. Lee, Y.-F.* and L.-L. Lee. 2005. Food habits of Japanese pipistrelles Pipistrellus abramus (Chiroptera; Vespertilionidae). Zoological Studies 44: 95-101.
  25. Lee, Y.-F. and L. L. Severinghaus. 2004. Sexual and seasonal differences in the diet of Lanyu Scops Owls based on fecal analysis. Journal of Wildlife Management 68:299-306.
  26. Lee, Y.-F.* and G.. F. McCracken. 2004. Flight activity and food habits of three species of Myotis bats (Chiroptera: Vespertilionidae) in sympatry. Zoological Studies 43: 589-597.
  27. Lee, Y.-F.* and G.. F. McCracken. 2002. Foraging activity and resource use of Brazilian free-tailed bats Tadarida brasiliensis (Molossidae). Ecoscience 9: 306-313.
  28. Lee, Y.-F.* and Y.-M. Kuo. 2001. Predation on a Mexican free-tailed bat colony by Peregrine Falcons and Red-tailed Hawks. Journal of Raptor Research 35: 115-123.
  29. Lee, Y.-F.* and G. F. McCracken. 2001. Timing and variation in the emergence and return of a large colony of Mexican free-tailed bats (Tadarida brasiliensis mexicana). Zoological Studies 40: 309-316.
  30. Lee, Y.-F.* and Y.-M. Kuo. 1999. Roadrunner preys on Mexican Free-tailed Bat. Bat Research News 40:4-5.
  31. Lee, Y.-F.* Comments on “The Study of Chinese Bats: a Review”. Bat Research News 37:117-118.

 Conference papers (2009 to present)

  1. Zhang, X.-, Y.-M. Kuo, and Y.-F. Lee*. 2017. Avian flight initiation distance in urban environment: A habitat island approach. Annual Symposium on Behavior and Ecology. Kaohsiung, Taiwan. (Award for the Best Presentations)
  2. Chuang, L.-H. and Y-F. Lee*. 2017. Food resource use of plain flowerpeckers (Dicaeum concolor uchidai) and interactions with mistletoes. Annual Symposium on Behavior and Ecology. Kaohsiung, Taiwan.
  3. Huang, Y.-T., S.-Y. Chang, C.-L. Wu, -M. Kuo, Y.-F. Lee*. 2015. Interspecific differences in fig nutrient contents and their ecological correlations. 2015 Annual Symposium of the Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation, Honululu, Hawaii.
  4. Chang, S.-Y., C.-L. Wu, Y.-T. Huang, -M. Kuo, Y.-F. Lee*. 2015. Fig plant morphology, fruiting phenology, and neighborhood effects affect fruit removal. Annual Symposium on Behavior and Ecology. Chiayi, Taiwan. (Award for the Best Presentations)
  5. Huang, Y.-T., S.-Y. Chang, C.-L. Wu, -M. Kuo, Y.-F. Lee*. 2015. Interspecific differences in fig nutrient contents and their ecological correlations. Annual Symposium on Behavior and Ecology. Chiayi, Taiwan. (Award for the Best Presentations)
  6. Lee, Y.-F. 2015. Exploring animal exploration — the role of ecological contexts and implications for conservation. Annual Symposium on Behavior and Ecology. Chiayi, Taiwan.
  7. Ngo, B. V., C. D. Ngo, P.-C. Ho*, and Y.-F. Lee*. 2015. Living in the tropical rain forests of central Vietnam—Reproductive ecology of Quasipaa verrucospinosa. Annual Symposium on Behavior and Ecology. Chiayi, Taiwan.
  8. Ngo, B. V., C. D. Ngo, and Y.F. Lee*. 2015. Seasonal and size- and sex-dependent dietary variation of granular spiny frogs in central Vietnam. Annual Symposium on Behavior and Ecology. Chiayi, Taiwan.
  9. Wu, C.-L., Y.-T. Huang, Chang, S.-Y., -M. Kuo, Y.-F. Lee*. 2015. Frugivore foraging behaviors affect fig fruit removal. Annual Symposium on Behavior and Ecology. Chiayi, Taiwan.
  10. Lee, Y.-F. Foraging activity of bats and its correlates — Intricate habitat selection and implications for conservation. 2014 International Bat Biology Symposium. Tung-Hai University, Taichung, Taiwan.
  11. Tsai, C.-F., Y.-H. Chen, and Y.-F. Lee*. 2014. Habitat structure affects the variations in species diversity and composition of mountain forest bird assemblages. Annual Symposium on Behavior and Ecology. Taichung, Taiwan.
  12. Chen, J.-H., -M. Kuo, T. Takaso, S. Baba, M. Izawa, and Y.-F. Lee*. 2014. Comparative food habits of two closely-related insectivorous bats and their eco-morphological correlates. Annual Symposium on Behavior and Ecology. Taichung, Taiwan.
  13. Hsieh, C.-R. and Y.-F. Lee*. 2014. You are not alone: Foraging behaviors of geckos and the effect of neighbors. Annual Symposium on Behavior and Ecology. Taichung, Taiwan.
  14. Hsieh, C.-R. and Y.-F. Lee*. 2013. Environmental factors affect the species composition of lizard assemblages in different habitats. Annual Symposium on Behavior and Ecology. Hwalien, Taiwan.
  15. Huang, C.-K. and Y.-F. Lee*. 2013. The spatial position and foraging behavior of herons in mixed-species foraging flocks. Annual Symposium on Behavior and Ecology. Hwalien, Taiwan.
  16. Tsai, C.-F., Y.-H. Chen, Y.-F. Lee*. 2013. The formation of mixed-species bird flocks in mountain forests. Annual Symposium on Behavior and Ecology. Hwalien, Taiwan.
  17. 陳琦玲、賴建志、李亞夫、何姿穎、蔡正國、陳宥延、黃毓斌、江明耀。2013。無線感測資料在農田生物生態研究之應用。「WSN與RFID在農業之應用」研討會論文集5-8。農業試驗所。台中。
  18. Chang, S.-Y., J.-H. Chen, -M. Kuo, Y.-F. Lee*. 2012. Food resource use and seed dispersal by an obligate frugivore, the Taiwan Barbet (Megalaima nuchalis). Annual Symposium on Behavior and Ecology. Taipei, Taiwan. (Award for the Best Presentations)
  19. Huang, C.-K. and Y.-F. Lee*. 2012. Habitat use pattern of Herons (Ardeidae) in Taijiang area. Annual Symposium on Behavior and Ecology. Taipei, Taiwan. (Award for the Best Presentations)
  20. Lu, Y.-C. and Y.-F. Lee*. 2012. Food resource use of chiropteran assemblage in mid-elevation forests of central Taiwan. Annual Symposium on Behavior and Ecology. Taipei, Taiwan.
  21. Tsai, C.-F., Y.-H. Chen, and Y.-F. Lee*. 2012. Climate changes and turnover in forest bird assemblages over two decades. Annual Symposium on Behavior and Ecology. Taipei, Taiwan.
  22. Tseng, H.-C., C.-H. Wu, Lee, I.-K. Kwon, and Y.-F. Lee*. 2012. Habitat use and selection by wintering Black-faced Spoonbills in Taiwan. Annual Symposium on Behavior and Ecology. Taipei, Taiwan.
  23. Lee, Y.-F. Behavioral traits in a changing world. NSC Mini-symposium on Organismal and Evolutionary Biology in Taiwan-a Review and Forcast for Biodiversity Research. Taipei, Taiwan.
  24. Chang, S.-Y., W.-C. Chu, J.-H. Chen, Y-F. Lee*. 2010. Food resource use and seed dispersal by an obligate frugivore, the Taiwan Barbet (Megalaima nuchalis). Annual Symposium of the Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation, Bali, Indonesia.
  25. Tsai, C.-F., W.-M. Chen, Y.-H. Chen, and Y.-F. Lee*. 2010. Short term effects of Typhoon Morakot on forest bird assemblages. Annual Symposium on Behavior and Ecology. Changhua, Taiwan.
  26. Chang, H.-Y. and Y.F. Lee*. 2010. Differential resource use by Taiwan Barbets and Taiwan Macaques: implications for seed dispersal. Annual Symposium on Behavior and Ecology. Changhua, Taiwan.
  27. Chen, W.-M., Y.-H. Chen, Y.-M. Kuo, and Y.-F. Lee*. 2010. Seasonal variation in singing patterns of forest avian assemblages. Annual Symposium on Behavior and Ecology. Changhua, Taiwan.
  28. Lee, Y.-F.*, T. Takaso, Y.-M. Kuo, Nakanishi, and K. Yasuda. 2009. Variation in the nocturnal foraging distribution of Ryukyu flying-foxes (Pteropus dasymallus) on Iriomotejima Island, Japan. The Annual Meeting of the Mammalogical Society of Japan, Taipei, Taiwan.
  29. Lu, Y.-C., L.-K. Lin, C.-C. Huang, P.-H. Lu, and Y.-F. Lee*. 2009. Species composition and diversity of chiropteran assemblage in mid-elevation forests of central Taiwan. The Annual Meeting of the Mammalogical Society of Japan, Taipei, Taiwan.
  30. Lee, Y.-F.*, Y.-M. Kuo, P.-H. Leu, C.-C. Huang, and Y.-C. Lu. 2009. Bats, moths, DNA: a test on trophic relationship of forest insectivorous mammals. 2009 Symposium on Biodiversity Action Plan. Nantou, Taiwan.
  31. Chu, W.-C., Y.-M. Kuo, and Y.-F. Lee*. 2009. Look behind: tree sparrows feed on the ground that conceals them better. Annual Symposium on Behavior and Ecology. Taichung, Taiwan.
  32. Chen, W.-M., Y.-H. Chen, C.-T. Yao, Y.-M. Kuo, and Y.-F. Lee*. 2009. Dawn singing: bigger eye-sized birds sing earlier? Annual Symposium on Behavior and Ecology. Taichung, Taiwan.
  33. Chang, H.-Y. and Y.-F. Lee*. 2009. Avian community and reproduction on urban habitat islands. Annual Symposium on Behavior and Ecology. Taichung, Taiwan.
  34. Yao, C.-T., H.-Y. Hung, H.-C. Liao, C.-F. Yi, S.-H. Li, and Y.-F. Lee. 2009. Use of nest boxes, diet and provision of Fulvous-faced Flycatcher Warbler (Abroscopus albogularis) in Ao-Wan-Da. Annual Symposium on Behavior and Ecology. Taichung, Taiwan.
  35. Yao, C.-T., H.-Y. Hung, H.-C. Liao, C.-F. Yi, S.-H. Li, and Y.-F. Lee. 2009. Use of nest boxes, breeding biology of Fulvous-faced Flycatcher Warbler (Abroscopus albogularis) in Ao-Wan-Da. Annual Symposium on Behavior and Ecology. Taichung, Taiwan.