Cao, Yong

Principal Research Scientist, Stream Ecology

Address and Contact Information

NRSA 137
1816 S. Oak St.
M/C 652
Champaign, IL  61820


PhD., Ecology, King's College London, 1995
MS., Limnology, Chinese Academy of Science, 1986
BS., Biology, Shandong Normal University, 1982

Research Biography

Research Interests

Aquatic ecology, multivariate analysis, freshwater monitoring & bioassessment, biodiversity evaluation, ecological data quality and comparability, long-term ecological changes, species-occurrence distribution modeling

Selected Publications

Cao, Y., C.P. Hawkins, D.P. Larsen, and J. Van Sickle. 2007. Effects of sample standardization on mean species detectabilities and estimates of relative differences in species richness among assemblages. American Naturalist 170:381-395.

Cao, Y., C.P. Hawkins, J. Olsen, and M. Nelson. 2007. Modeling natural environmental gradients improves the accuracy and precision of diatom-based indicators for Idaho streams. Journal of the North American Benthological Society 26:566-585.

Cao, Y., and C.P. Hawkins. 2005. Simulating biological impairment for evaluating ecological indicators. Journal of Applied Ecology 42: 954-965.

Cao, Y., D. D. Williams & D. P. Larsen. 2002. Comparison of ecological communities: the problem of sample representativeness. Ecological Monographs 72:41-56.

Cao, Y., D. D. Williams, & N.E. Williams. 1998. How important are rare species in community ecology and bioassessment. Limnology & Oceanography 43: 1403-1409.

Professional Affiliations

North American Benthological Society
Ecological Society of America

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