Updated on September 2, 2019

Chi-Yun Kuo

Postdoctoral appointments

2017-present, Department of Biology, LMU Munich
Advisor: Richard M. Merrill and Owen McMillan

2015-2017, Department of Biology, Duke University
Advisor: Sheila N. Patek


PhD 2015
The Graduate Program in Organismic and Evolutionary Biology
University of Massachusetts Amherst
Advisor: Duncan J. Irschick

MS 2006
The Graduate Program in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
National Taiwan University
Advisor: Yao-Sung Lin

BA 2003
Department of Zoology
National Taiwan University


OEB Graduate Student Research Grant 2013, $1,000
UMass Amherst Dissertation Research Grant 2012, $1,000
UMass Amherst Fellowship 2012, $16,000
OEB Natural History Collections Grant 2012, $1,000
Sigma-Xi Grant-in-aid of Research 2011, $500
OEB Graduate Student Research Grant 2011, $500
Jane Hallenbeck Bemis Endowment for Natural History Research 2010, $3,000
Taiwan Ministry of Education Scholarship 2008, $50,000
Fulbright Science and Technology Award 2008 (declined)
National Taiwan University Presidential Award 2003, $100

Recent presentations

Kuo C-Y, Hausmann AE, McMillan WO, Merrill RM. 2018. Using computer vision for quantifying mate preference: a case study with Heliconius butterflies. Joint Congress on Evolutionary Biology. Poster presentation. Montpellier, France.

Kuo C-Y. 2018. Lizard tails and butterfly wings: the ecology of behavioral variation. STRI Tupper Seminar. Panamá City, Panamá.

Kuo C-Y and Patek SN. 2017. Extreme energy transfer rate in trap-jaw ants' fast mandible strikes. Society of Integrative and Comparative Biology Annual Meeting. Oral presentation. New Orleans LA, USA.

Kuo C-Y and Irschick DJ. 2015. Ecological mechanism behind a costly anti-predator trait: tail autotomy in lizards. Society of Integrative and Comparative Biology Annual Meeting. Oral presentation. West Palm Beach FL, USA.

Kuo C-Y, Showalter I, Russell AP, Crosby AJ, Irschick DJ. 2014. Morphology and material properties of the lateral digital tendons in geckos (Reptilia:Gekkota): a pioneer study. Society of Integrative and Comparative Biology Annual Meeting. Poster presentation. Austin TX, USA.

Kuo C-Y and Irschick DJ. 2013. A costly antipredartor behavior in a gradient of predation pressure: tail autotomy in the side-blotched lizard Uta stansburiana. Society of Integrative and Comparative Biology Annual Meeting. Oral presentation. San Francisco CA, USA.


See "Publication" for a complete list of articles and some pdfs

Teaching experience

UMass Amherst:
SOURCE (Study of Using R Codes and Executables, a weekly workshop on R-releted topics)

Guest lecturer
Duke University:
How Organisms Move (topic: biomechanics, ecology and evolution of trap-jaw ants)

UMass Amherst:
Comparative Physiology (topic: animal locomotion)
Animal Behavior (topic: antipredator defense)

Teaching assistant
UMass Amherst:
Introductory Biology Labs
Quantitative Systems Biology Labs
Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy Labs

National Taiwan University:
Comparative Anatomy Labs

Mentoring experience

LMU Munich:
Alex Hausmann
Project: Genetics of mate preference in Heliconius melpomene and H. cydno

Duke University:
Justin Jorge and Achintya Kumar (Army Education Outreach Program Internship)
Project: Kinematics of jaw-powered escape jumps in the trap-jaw ant Odontomachus brunneus

Anna Ruta and Casey Thompson (Army Education Outreach Program Internship)
Project: Kinematics of latch release in trap-jaw ants 

UMass Amherst:
Dylan Briggs
Project: The evolution of scaling and shape variation of gecko toepads

Hazan Merza
Project: Digit placement during adhesive climbing in geckos

Eileen Curran
Project: Daily activity pattern of captive green anole lizards

Academic services

Peer reviewer for: Proceedings of the Royal Society B, Journal of Experimental Biology, Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, Journal of Anatomy, Journal of MorphologyPLoS ONE, Current Biology, Evolutionary Biology, Ecology, Ethology and Evolution