Chin-Cheng (Scotty) YANG

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Chin-Cheng (Scotty) YANG
Scotty Yang
Kyoto University
Research Institute for Sustainable Humanosphere
Job title
Junior Associate Professor
PhD(National Taiwan University)
Research funding number


Research interests in our lab include genetics, genomics, behaviors and ecology of invasive ants, with a particular emphasis on invasive fire ants (Solenopsis) and crazy ants (Paratrechina & Anoplolepis). We also are interested in various topics in the research field of urban entomology, particularly on understanding how insects adapt to anthropogenic environments and mechanisms underlying such adaptation.

Major ongoing projects in our lab are focused on:
1. reconstruction of invasion history for globally invasive ants using historic record and genetic/genomic resources
2. characterization of ant invasiveness through behavioral, genetic and genomic approach
3. to link behavioral, physiological responses of invasive ants to pathogen infection and potential adaptive advantages
4. application of our research outcome into development of a bio-rational management framework against invasive ants
5. development of novel management strategies on urban pests

Research Areas


Academic & Professional Experience

Aug 2011
Mar 2016
Assistant Professor, National Taiwan University


Sep 2006
Jun 2010
PhD, Department of Entomology, National Taiwan University
Sep 2004
Jun 2006
MS, Department of Entomology, National Taiwan University
Sep 2000
Jun 2004
BS, Department of Entomology, National Taiwan University

Committee Memberships

Mar 2017
Ecological Society of Japan  Ecological Society of Japan
Taiwan Entomological Society  Taiwan Entomological Society

Published Papers

Tseng SP, Wetterer JK, Suarez AV, Lee CY, Yoshimura T, Shoemaker D, YANG CCS
Frontiers in Genetics   In press    Sep 2019   [Refereed]
Tseng SP, Darras H, Lee CY, Yoshimura T, Keller L, YANG CCS
European Journal of Entomology   116 253-257   Aug 2019   [Refereed]
Kamimura Y, YANG CCS, Lee CY
Journal of Evolutionary Biology   32 844-855   Jun 2019   [Refereed]
Hsu HW, Chiu MC, Shih CJ, Matsuura K, YANG CCS
Virology   531 255-259   May 2019   [Refereed]
Hsu HW, Chiu MC, Shoemaker DD, YANG Chin-Cheng Scotty
Scientific Reports   8, 13498    Sep 2018   [Refereed]
Lee CC, Wang J, Matsuura K, YANG Chin-Cheng Scotty
Mitochondrial DNA Part B: Resources   2 622-623   May 2018   [Refereed]
Lee CC, Hsu SF, YANG Chin-Cheng Scotty, Lin CC
Entomological Science   21 28-33   Jan 2018   [Refereed]
Guswenrivo I, Tseng SP, YANG Chin-Cheng Scotty, Yoshimura T
Journal of Economic Entomology   111 1330-1336   Mar 2018   [Refereed]
Tseng SP, YANG Chin-Cheng
Journal of Medical Entomology   54 1107-1108   Sep 2017   [Refereed]
Lee CC, Nakao H, Tseng SP, Hsu HW, Lin GL, Tay JW, Billen J, Ito F, Lee CY, Lin CC, YANG Chin-Cheng Scotty
Frontiers in Zoology   14 24   May 2017   [Refereed]
Chen YC, Lai MH, Wu CY, Lin TC, Cheng AH, YANG Chin-Cheng, et al.
Phytopathology   106 624-635   Apr 2016   [Refereed]
Ho HC, Yang ST, Wu WJ, YANG Chin-Cheng
Formosan Entomologist   36 6-14   Aug 2016   [Refereed]
Chung CL, Huang SY, Huang YC, Tzean SS, Ann PJ, Tsai JN, YANG Chin-Cheng et al.
PLoS One   10    Oct 2015   [Refereed]
YANG Chin-Cheng, Ascunce MS, Luo LZ, Shao JG, Shih CJ, Shoemaker DD
Molecular Ecology   21 817-833   2012   [Refereed]
Wurm Y, Wang J, Riba-Grognuz O, Corona M, Nygaard S, Hunt B, Ingram K, Falquet L, Nipitwattanaphon M, Gotzek D, Dijkstra M, Oettler J, Shih CJ, Wu WJ, YANG Chin-Cheng et al.
PNAS   108 5679-5684   2011   [Refereed]
Ascunce MS#, YANG Chin-Cheng#, Oakey J, Calcaterra L, Wu WJ, Shih CJ, Goudet J, Ross KG, Shoemaker DD
Science   331 1066-1088   2011   [Refereed]
YANG Chin-Cheng, Yu YC, Valles SM, Oi DH, Chen YC, Shoemaker DD, Wu WJ, Shih CJ
Biological Invasions   12 3307-3318   2010   [Refereed]
Lai LC, Hua KH, YANG Chin-Cheng, Huang RN, Wu WJ
Environmental Entomology   38 879-884   2009   [Refereed]
YANG Chin-Cheng Scotty, Shoemaker DD, Wu JC, Lin YK, Lin CC, Wu WJ, Shih CJ
Diversity and Distributions   15(4) 709-719   2009   [Refereed]
Ascunce MS, YANG Chin-Cheng Scotty, Geden C, Shoemaker DD
Molecular Ecology Resources   9(1) 271-273   2008   [Refereed]
YANG Chin-Cheng, Shoemaker DD, Wu WJ, Shih CJ
Insectes Sociaux   55 54-65   2008   [Refereed]

Books etc

Encyclopedia of Social Insects
YANG Chin-Cheng Scotty, Shoemaker DD (Part:Joint Work, Tramp ants)
Nature Springer   2019   
Invasive Alien Ants
YANG Chin-Cheng Scotty, Hashimoto Y (Part:Joint Work, Yellow crazy ant)
Asakura Publishing   2019   

Conference Activities & Talks

“Crazy” people are what we need for the ''crazy'' ant project: the role of social media in invasive ant research [Invited]
YANG Chin-Cheng Scotty, Tseng SP, Lee CC, Nakao H, Ito F
The 39th Annual Meeting of Taiwan Entomological Society   21 Oct 2018   
Enemy (pathogen) release in success of fire ant invasion and its management implication [Invited]
YANG Chin-Cheng Scotty
he 8th East Asia Federation of Ecological Study International Congress   25 Apr 2018   
What can we learn from bridgehead invasion of the fire ant Solenopsis invicta?
YANG Chin-Cheng Scotty
The 65th Annual Meeting of Ecological Society of Japan, Sapporo, Japan.   Mar 2018   
Ecology and management of the invasive species: yellow crazy ant as an example.
YANG Chin-Cheng Scotty
The 7th International Symposium for Sustainable Humanosphere, Bogor, Indonesia.   Nov 2017   
Movement control of fire ant in Taiwan [Invited]
YANG Chin-Cheng Scotty
Fire Ant Workshop   10 Oct 2017   
A new challenge to conventional ant baiting: virus-induced changes in foraging behavior and macronutrient preference of invasive ants? [Invited]
YANG Chin-Cheng Scotty
The 1st Asia Research Node Symposium on Humanosphere Science, Penang, Malaysia.   Jan 2017   
How is climate change facilitating success of invasive species?
YANG Chin-Cheng Scotty
International Symposium for Sustainable Humanosphere, Bogor, Indonesia.   Nov 2016   
Worker reproduction in the invasive ant species Anoplolepis gracilipes
Lee CC, Lin CC, YANG Chin-Cheng Scotty
The 37th Annual Meeting of Taiwan Entomological Society, Taipei, Taiwan   Oct 2016   
Invasive ants and their impacts to viable and sustainable pest management [Invited]
YANG Chin-Cheng Scotty
Pest Summit, Singapore   Aug 2016   
Wolbachia infection in the invasive longhorn crazy ant: worldwide spread, selective sweep and horizontal transfer?
Tseng SP, Shoemaker DD, Yoshimura T, YANG Chin-Cheng Scotty
The 2nd Asia Research Node Symposium on Humanosphere Science, Kyoto, Japan.   Jul 2017