- 2012 – present: PhD Candidate - Institute of Zoology ZSL and University College London
- 2010 – 2011: Research Assistant, Academia Sinica, Taiwan
- 2009 – 2010: MSc Conservation and Biodiversity, University of Exeter, UK
My general research interests include bird pet trade, biological invasions, predictive ecology and species distribution modelling. The global pet trade is considered to be an important driver for biological invasions because traded species often make their way into the wild. The invasion process is most usefully analysed as a sequential series of stages. In order to understand invasions, it is essential to understand the mechanics of trade and, in particular, which species characteristics are likely to determine whether they are successful in the invasion processes.
My research focuses on exploring the composition and characteristics of bird species in the exotic bird trade, as a pathway for invasive alien species to Taiwan. The alien species invasion processes in eastern societies can be different from the western context. For instance, prayer animal release, bird singing contests and some aspects of the cage-bird culture are not found in Europe. My research analyses these invasion processes and the features of species associated with each of these, to obtain a more complete picture of the factors that drive human-mediated alien species invasions.
The research tools I used included dynamic occupancy models, species distribution modelling, hierarchical phylogenetic generalised least-squares models, and feature analysis (mostly in R and GIS)
Blackburn TM, Su S, Cassey P (2014) A Potential Metric of the Attractiveness of Bird Song to Humans. Hauber M, editor. Ethology. 120: 305–312. doi:10.1111/eth.12211
Su S, Cassey P, Blackburn TM (2014) Patterns of non-randomness in the composition and characteristics of the Taiwanese bird trade. Biol Invasions; doi:10.1007/s10530-014-0686-1
Blackburn TM, Dyer E, Su S, Cassey P (2015) Long after the event, or four things we (should) know about bird invasions. J Ornithol, doi: 10.1007/s10336-015-1155-z
Su S, Cassey P, Vall-llosera M, Blackburn TM (2015) Going cheap: determinants of bird price in the Taiwanese pet market. PLoS ONE 10(5): e0127482. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0127482
Su S, Cassey P, Blackburn TM (2015) The wildlife pet trade as a driver of introduction and establishment in alien birds in Taiwan. Biol Invasions; doi:10.1007/s10530-015-1003-3
Su S, Cassey P, Ellie E Dyer, Blackburn TM (in revision) Geographic range expansion of alien birds and environmental match.
Professor Tim Blackburn, University College London
Professor Helen Chatterjee, University College London
Dr. Samuel Turvey, Institute of Zoology ZSL
Dr. Phil Cassey, University of Adelaide