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Mr Youning Su

Research Projects Officer


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Mr Su studied the systematics, phylogeny and biology of Australian nemobiine cricket (Gryllidae: Nemobiinae) before joining CSIRO in 2000- 02 to co-author the book 'A Guide to Australian Grasshoppers and Locusts'.

Mr Su re-joined CSIRO in 2008 as a Research Projects Officer and assumed responsibility for Lepidoptera collection management and has also assumed curatorial duties for the Orthoptera collection.

Current activities include curatorial services and handling donations and loan enquiries from around the world, establishing what material is required, and negotiating which loans are possible within the constraints of the available material.

Mr Su liaises with senior taxonomist, honorary fellows and volunteers, developing a network of experts to assist with drawing a new Lepidoptera and Orthoptera collection plan, including accommodating new cabinets and rearrange collection based on the most current published taxonomic publications.

Together with Honorary fellows, Marianne Horak and Ted Edwards, Mr Su co-organized the biennial ANIC Moth meeting, with participants from all corners of Australia, including all the part-time professional Lepidoptera taxonomists. By gathering professional Lepidoptera taxonomists around the country, Mr Su promotes CSIRO's capability in external interactions and scientific contributions.

Mr Su supervises ANIC volunteers on a variety of tasks ranging from very basic to technically complex and professional, which is further enhancing the overall curation standard of the collection beyond current staff capacity.

Mr Su has contributed several taxonomic revisions describing new Lepidoptera and Orthoptera species. Teamed up with senior Orthopterist David Rentz, Mr Su co-authored the book 'A Guide to Crickets of Australia', which is one the series of Australian field guide book being published by CSIRO Publishing.

Academic Qualifications

  • 2001

    Master in Science, ANU Australia

  • 1997

    Graduate Diploma in Science, ANU Australia

  • 1992

    Bachelors Degree in Biology, CCU Taiwan

Achievements and Awards

  • 2007

    ANIC 5 years Voluntary Service to Science Award

  • 1999

    The Australian National University Master scholarship

  • 1998

    Honourable mention in ecological art competition
    Wildlife Art Association of Taipei

  • 1996

    Highly Commended Illustration Prize in insect illustration competition
    The Entomological Society of New South Wales.

Other highlights

  • 2011-2022

    Co-organised biennial ANIC Moth meeting: Promote CSIRO's capability in external interactions and scientific contributions by gathering professional Lepidoptera taxonomists around the country.

  • 2014-2015

    Advanced acoustic devices from insect lipids: Liaising with CSIRO Manufacturing Flagship, participate field work to collect life materials and assist in the isolation of insect lipids.

  • 2013-2014

    Kimberley Rainforest Insect Project: Providing taxonomic expertise to benchmark novel molecular biodiversity assessments.

  • 2011-2012

    Lepidoptera Checklist project: Liaising with Australian Biological Resources Study (ABRS), completed taxon names of assigned Lepidoptera families and applied to the Australian fauna in the current AFD database

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