Postdoc 2011 to 2013, Kunming Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences
Ph.D. 2007-2011, Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences
M.S. 2004-2007, Shaanxi Normal University, Zoology
B.S. 1999-2003 Shaanxi Normal University, Bioscience
My research focuses on direct and indirect interactions in fig-fig wasp system and inter-specific chemical communication. I and my colleagues find a trophic cascade induced by predatory ants (weaver ant) in a fig-fig wasp mutualistic system. We also find that the behavior of weaver ant is regulated by cuticular hydrocarbons of its symbiont, preys, and the host fig tree, and the hemipteran symbiont can avoid predation of ants by mimic to fig tree surface chemicals. We suggested that through chemical mimicry the mutualistic network in fig tree is maintained stable.
My current research interests include (1) seasonal dynamic of trophic cascade in fig-fig wasp system; (2) structure and dynamics of ecological networks in fig trees; (3) chemical communications among predatory ant, fig wasp, and fig tree.
1. Wang, B., X. Z. Geng, L. B. Ma, J. M. Cook, and R. W. Wang. 2014. A trophic cascade induced by predatory ants in a fig-fig wasp mutualism. Journal of Animal Ecology: (DOI: 10.1111/1365-2656.12219).
2. Wang, B., M. Lu, C. Cheng, C. Salcedo, and J. Sun. 2013. Saccharide-mediated antagonistic effects of bark beetle fungal associates on larvae. Biology Letters 9: 20120787.
3. Wang, B., C. Salcedo, M. Lu, and J. Sun. 2012. Mutual interactions between an invasive bark beetle and its associated fungi. Bulletin of Entomological Research 102:71-77.
4. Shi, Z.-H., B. Wang, S. R. Clarke, and J.-H. Sun. 2012. Effect of associated fungi on the immunocompetence of red turpentine beetle larvae, Dendroctonus valens (Coleoptera: Curculionidae: Scolytinae). Insect Science 19:579-584.
5. Shi, P., B. Wang, M. P. Ayres, F. Ge, L. Zhong, and B.-L. Li. 2012. Influence of temperature on the northern distribution limits of Scirpophaga incertulas Walker (Lepidoptera: Pyralidae) in China. Journal of Thermal Biology 37:130-137.
6. Liu Z.-D., Wang B., Xu B. B. and Sun J. H. 2011. Monoterpene variation mediated attack preference evolution of the bark beetle Dendroctonus valens. PLoS ONE, 6: e22005.
7. Liu Z.-D., Zhang L.-W., Shi Z.-H., Wang B., Tao W.-Q. and Sun J.-H. 2008. Colonization patterns of the red turpentine beetle, Dendroctonus valens LeConte (Coleoptera: Curculionidae), in the Luliang Mountains, China. Insect Science 15: 349-354.
8. Zheng Z.-M., Wang B., Li P., and Niu Y. 2006. A taxonomic study on the genus Falconius Bolivar (Orthoptera) of china. Acta Zootaxonomica Sinica 31: 821-823.