Yi-Ming Weng

Yi-Ming Weng
Education & Background:
P.D. Student in Entomology, University of Wisconsin-Madison
2012, M.S. Biological Sciences, National Chung Hsing University, Taiwan
2010, B.A. Integrative Biology, National Chung Hsing University, Taiwan

Awards and Grants:
2017 Valentine Eastern Sierra Reserve Graduate Student Research Grant
2017 Taiwanese Government Scholarship to Study Abroad

Research Interests:
I am interested in exploring the evolutionary history of alpine insects. My MS work was focused on the genetic variation and phylogeography of alpine ground beetles (Nebria spp. and Leistus spp.), and how geological events such as mountain building and glacial cycles shaped the current distribution and genetic structure of Taiwanese endemic carabids. Mountain habitats are similar to islands, creating ideal natural replication that provides an excellent opportunity to test various evolutionary hypotheses. By using methods such as comparative phylogeography, where multiple species with similar ecological niches and geographical distributions are examined genetically, it is possible to reconstruct how environmental change has shaped species diversity. For my PhD study, I will continue working on alpine carabids, with a particular emphasis on how microhabitats, community assembly, adaptation, and speciation, etc, shape species richness in mountain-top communities.

Personal Interests:
I enjoy backpacking and beetle collecting. My favorite outdoor activity is taking a walk, photographing, and collecting in remote mountains. I also love fishing, but my skill level is not so great, so fishing is really my chance to escape and think. Sometimes I play basketball, baseball, and table tennis with my friends. When I stay at home, I spend a lot of time sorting, examining, and identifying my ground beetle collection, and I also love to watch sports like the NBA and MLB.

Catching moths