My research addresses questions related to wildlife trade (both legal and illegal) and biological invasions. I focus on understanding wildlife trade networks by analyzing characteristics associated with human preferences and how these preferences drive the market value of traded species as well as biological invasion processes. I earned my MSc in Conservation and Biodiversity from the University of Exeter and my PhD from University College London. My experience also includes web development and project management for International Bird Conservation Partnership (IBCP).
My PhD research characterized patterns of bird trade in Taiwan, Japan, Australia, and Spain, in collaboration with the Zoological Society of London, University of Adelaide and Estación Biológica de Doñana. To achieve this, I worked closely with bird traders, both legal and illegal, and modelled the ecological process of biological invasions. I also explored ecological and anthropological effects related to the bird trade, predicting the likelihood that alien species would survive if introduced and providing legislative recommendations to reduce illegal trade.
My postdoctoral research with WildCRU, in collaboration with the Saïd Business School, focuses on internet-based donkey (Equus animus) skin trade (both legal and illegal). Using data from online sites, I elucidate direct and indirect evidence of links between the donkey skin trade and wildlife trade. Specifically, I explore E-Jiao (donkey hide gelatine) consumption in China in relation to donkey skin sources in Africa and South America, shedding light on novel trade pathways in legal and illegal domestic animal and wildlife trade.
Vall-Llosera M, & Su S (2018) Trends and characteristics of imports of live CITES-listed bird species into Japan. Ibis. https://doi.org/10.1111/ibi.12653
Su S, Cassey P, Dyer E, Blackburn TM (2016) Geographic range expansion of alien birds and environmental match. IBIS, 10.1111/ibi.12418
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;
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
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