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Yen, Shen-Horn



Yen, Shen-Horn


Associate Professor


Entomology, Lepidopterology, Systematic biology, mimicry biology, phylogeography, plant and insect relationships, biodiversity database, aquatic botany



886-7-5252000 Ext:3612



 Highest Education: Imperial College London , Ph.D. (2004)

   Research Interests
Systematics, phylogenetics and evolutionary ecology of the Lepidoptera and some smaller insect orders
2 Evolutionary dynamics and behavioural ecology relevant to mimicry, camouflage and aposematism
3 Colonization and diversification of phytophagous insects on plants
4 Technology and applications of biodiversity and natural history collection databases

  Selected publication


Als T, Vila R, Kandul N, Nash D, Yen, SH, Hsu YF, Mignault A, Boomsma K, Pierce. 2004. The evolution of alternative parasitic life histories in Large Blue butterflies. Nature 432: 386-390.
2 Yen, SH, Robinson GS, Quicke DLJ. 2005. The Phylogenetic relationships of Chalcosiinae (Lepidoptera, Zygaenoidea, Zygaenidae). Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society 143: 161-341.
3 Yen SH, Robinson GS, Quicke DLJ. 2005. Phylogeny, systematics and evolution of mimetic wing patterns of Eterusia moths (Lepidoptera: Zygaenidae: Chalcosiinae). Systematic Entomology 30: 358-397.
4 Niehuis O, Yen SH, Naumann(†) CM, Misof B. 2006. Higher phylogeny of zygaenid moths (Insecta: Lepidoptera) inferred from nuclear and mitochondrial sequence data and the evolution of larval cuticular cavities for chemical defence. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 39: 812-829.
5 Yen SH, Minet J. 2007. Cimelioidea: a new superfamily name for the gold moths (Lepidoptera: Glossata). Zoological Studies 46 (3): 262-271.


Vila M, Marı´-Mena N, Yen SH, Lopez-Vaamonde C. 2009. Characterization of ten polymorphic microsatellite markers for the protected Spanish moon moth Graellsia isabelae (Lepidoptera: Saturniidae). Conservation Genetics doi: 10.1007/s10592-009-9905-1


Regier JC, Zwick A, Cummings MP, Kawahara AK, Cho S, Weller S, Roe A, Baixeras J, Brown JW, Parr C, Davis DR, Epstein M, Hallwachs W, Hausmann A, Janzen DH, Kitching IJ, Solis A, Yen SH, Bazinet AL, Mitter C. 2009. Toward reconstructing the evolution of advanced moths and butterflies (Lepidoptera: Ditrysia): an initial molecular study. BMC Evolutionary Biology 2009 (9):280doi:10.1186/1471-2148-9-280

8 Wu LW, Yen SH, Lees DC, Hsu YF. 2010. Elucidating genetic signatures of native and introduced populations of the Cycad Blue, Chilades pandava to Taiwan : a threat both to Sago Palm and to native Cycas populations worldwide. Biological Invasions (in press)
9 Scott JL, Kawahara AY, Skevington JH, Yen SH, Sami A, Smith ML, Yack JE. 2010. The evolutionary origins of ritualized acoustic signals in caterpillars. Nature Communications 1: Article number 4 doi: 10.1038/ncomms1002.

  Links to some research projects I am involved in

1 Digital Archive Project for the Type Specimens and Literature of Taiwan Macrolepidoptera
2 Digital Archive Project for the Lepidopteran and Hostplant Specimens Housed in NSYSU
3 LepTree Project
4 Globiz
5 The Lepidoptera Taxome Project

   Blogs of my lab 

1 Care of Magical Creatures
2 LepLab
3 Digest of Taiwan Lepidopterology
4 Digileps News
5 Natural History of Takaw

  Blogs of selected courses  

1 General Biology (evolution, ecology & biodiversity parts)
2 Introduction to the Research Methods of Biological Sciences
3 Seminar
4 Systematic Biology & Practices of Biological Systematics
5 Mimicry Biology
6 Entomology
7 Scientific Illustration & Expression Skill