Researcher biography

Shu Chen is a passionate conservationist with a substantial career focus on threatened species conservation. Her PhD project investigates how private land conservation programs (with a focus on conservation covenants) can be communicated to engage private landholders effectively to conserve biodiversity on their lands.

Before starting her PhD, Shu completed her Master of Science at the National University of Singapore in 2012, focusing on human–elephant conflict. She then worked for an international wildlife conservation charity for ten years and was involved with multiple international transdisciplinary conservation projects. She is currently still an active member of the IUCN Asian Elephant Specialist Group.


Selected publications:

CamposArceiz, A., de la Torre, J. A., Wei, K., Wu, X. O., Zhang, Y., Zhu, Y., Chen, S. ... & Chen, F. (2022). China's wandering elephants: Integrating exceptional movements into conservation planning. Integrative Conservation.

Campos-Arceiz, A., de la Torre, J. A., Wu, X.Y., Zhu, Y.F., Bai, Y., Chen, S., Corlett, R., Chen, F. (2021) The Return of the Elephants – how two groups of dispersing elephants attracted the attention of billions and what can we learn from their journeys. Conservation Letter, 14(6), e12836.

Chen, S., Sun, G., Wang, Campos-Arceiz, A. (2021). A multistakeholder exercise to identify research and conservation priorities for Asian elephants in China. Global Ecology and Conservation, 27, e01561.

Borz´ee, A., Kielgast, J., Wren, S., Angulo, A., Chen,  S., Magellan, K. & Bishop, P. J. (2021).  Using the 2020 global pandemic as a springboard to highlight the need for amphibian conservation in eastern Asia. Biological Conservation, 255, p.108973.

Turvey, S.T., Chen, S., Tapley, B., Liang, Z., Wei, G., Yang, J., Wang, J., Wu, M., Redbond, J., Brown, T. and Cunningham, A.A. (2021). From dirty to delicacy? Changing exploitation in China threatens the world’s largest amphibians. People and Nature, 00: 1– 11. 1.

Tapley, B., Turvey, S.T., Chen, S., et al., 2021. Range-wide decline of Chinese giant salamanders Andrias spp. from suitable habitat. Oryx, 1-9. http://doi:10.1017/S0030605320000411.

Chen, S., Cunningham, A.A., Wei, G, et al., 2018. Determining threatened species distributions in the face of limited data: spatial conservation prioritization for the Chinese giant salamander (Andrias davidianus). Ecology and Evolution, 8(6): 3098-3108.

Turvey, S.T., Chen, S., Tapley, B., Wei, G., Xie, F., Yan, F., Yang, J., Liang, Z., Tian, H., Wu, M.,Okada, S., Wang, J., Lu¨, J., Zhou, F., Papworth, S.K., Redbond, J., Brown, T., Che, J. and Cunningham,

A.A. 2018. Imminent extinction in the wild of the world’s largest amphibian. Current Biology, 28(10): R592-R594.

Yan,  F.,  Lu¨,  J.,  Zhang,  B.,  Yuan,  Z.,  Zhao,  H.,  Huang,  S.,  Wei, G., Mi, X., Zou, D., Xu, W. Chen, S., Wang, J., Feng, X., Wu, M., XIaou, H., Liang, Z., Jin, J., Wu, S., Xu, C., Tapley, B., Turvey, S.T., Papenfuss, T.J., Cunningham, A.A., Murphey, R.W., Zhang, Y. and Che, J. 2018. The Chinese giant salamander exemplifies the hidden extinction of cryptic species. Current Biology, 28(10): R590-R592.

Chen, S., Yi, Z.F., Campos-Arceiz, A. and Chen, M.Y., 2013. Developing a spatially-explicit, sustainable and risk-based insurance scheme to mitigate human-wildlife conflict. Biological Conservation 168, 31-39.