Associate Professor Phill Cassey

Phillip Cassey
Associate Professor
School of Biological Sciences
Faculty of Sciences

Assoc Prof Phill Cassey leads the Invasion Science & Wildlife Ecology Group at The University of Adelaide's Environment Institute. As a global change biologist, he brings critical analytical techniques to the study of applied ecology, wildlife conservation, and biosecurity risk management; areas characterised by complexity and uncertainty.

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Associate Professor Phill Cassey

Assoc Prof Phill Cassey leads the Invasion Science & Wildlife Ecology Group at The University of Adelaide's Environment Institute. As a global change biologist, he brings critical analytical techniques to the study of applied ecology, wildlife conservation, and biosecurity risk management; areas characterised by complexity and uncertainty.

Phill is a leading global change biologist. He has published extensively (>200 papers) on the conservation, transport and trade in animal species. Phill leads a research intensive laboratory at the University of Adelaide, and is Director of the Environment Institute’s Conservation Science and Technology Program. He teaches extensively in ecological research and research methods, and is the coordinator for the University of Adelaide’s Bachelor of Science Advanced program. Phill has been awarded a large number of competitive international research project and training grants (totaling more than AU$6M). Phill is an experienced scientific communicator and regularly engages with stakeholders, media, and scientific forums.


Date Position Institution name
2014 Associate Professor University of Adelaide
2010 - 2014 ARC Future Fellow University of Adelaide
2007 - 2010 RCUK Roberts Fellowship University of Birmingham

Awards and Achievements

Date Type Title Institution Name Amount
2013 Award Mid-career Research Excellence Award University of Adelaide

Language Competencies

Language Competency
English Can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review
French Can understand spoken


Date Institution name Country Title
2002 Griffith University Australia PhD
1997 University of Auckland New Zealand MSc
1994 University of Auckland New Zealand BSc

Postgraduate Training

Date Title Institution Country
2006 - 2007 Postdoctoral Researcher Rutgers University, New Brunswick United States
2004 - 2006 Leverhulme Research Felowship University of Birmingham, Birmingham United Kingdom
2002 - 2004 CNRS Research Fellowship École Normale Supérieure, Paris France


Date Title Institution name Country
1997 ATCL University College London United Kingdom

Research Interests

Conservation and Biodiversity, Invasive Species Ecology


Year Citation
2017 Cope, R., Ross, J., Wittmann, T., Watts, M. & Cassey, P. (2017). Predicting the risk of biological invasions using environmental similarity and transport network connectedness. Risk Analysis, OnlinePubl, 1-19.
2017 Capinha, C., Seebens, H., Cassey, P., García-Díaz, P., Lenzner, B., Mang, T. ... Essl, F. (2017). Diversity, biogeography and the global flows of alien amphibians and reptiles. J. Nori (Ed.). Diversity and Distributions, 23, 11, 1313-1322.
2017 Shepherd, C., Connelly, E., Hywood, L. & Cassey, P. (2017). Taking a stand against illegal wildlife trade: the Zimbabwean approach to pangolin conservation. Oryx, 51, 2, 280-285.
2017 Vall-llosera, M., Woolnough, A., Anderson, D. & Cassey, P. (2017). Improved surveillance for early detection of a potential invasive species: the alien Rose-ringed parakeet Psittacula krameri in Australia. Biological Invasions, 19, 4, 1273-1284.
2017 Prowse, T., Cassey, P., Ross, J., Pfitzner, C., Wittmann, T. & Thomas, P. (2017). Dodging silver bullets: good CRISPR gene-drive design is critical for eradicating exotic vertebrates.. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 284, 1860, 20170799-1-20170799-10.
2017 Vall-llosera, M. & Cassey, P. (2017). ‘Do you come from a land down under?’ Characteristics of the international trade in Australian endemic parrots. Biological Conservation, 207, 38-46.
2017 García-Díaz, P., Ross, J., Woolnough, A. & Cassey, P. (2017). Managing the risk of wildlife disease introduction: pathway-level biosecurity for preventing the introduction of alien ranaviruses. C. Bellard (Ed.). Journal of Applied Ecology, 54, 1, 234-241.
2017 Blackburn, T., Scrivens, S., Heinrich, S. & Cassey, P. (2017). Patterns of selectivity in introductions of mammal species worldwide. NeoBiota, 33, 1, 33-51.
2017 Arnold, P., Rafter, M., Malekpour, R., Cassey, P., Walter, G. & White, C. (2017). Investigating movement in the laboratory: dispersal apparatus designs and the red flour beetle, Tribolium castaneum. Entomologia Experimentalis et Applicata, 163, 1, 93-100.
2017 Vall-llosera, M. & Cassey, P. (2017). Physical attractiveness, constraints to the trade and handling requirements drive the variation in species availability in the Australian cagebird trade. Ecological Economics, 131, C, 407-413.
2017 Dyer, E., Cassey, P., Redding, D., Collen, B., Franks, V., Gaston, K. ... Blackburn, T. (2017). The global distribution and drivers of alien bird species richness. R. Ricklefs (Ed.). PLoS Biology, 15, 1, e2000942-1-e2000942-25.
2017 Vall-Ilosera, M. & Cassey, P. (2017). Leaky doors: private captivity as a prominent source of bird introductions in Australia. C. Lepczyk (Ed.). PLoS ONE, 12, 2, e0172851-1-e0172851-18.
2017 Tingley, R., García-Díaz, P., Arantes, C. & Cassey, P. (2017). Integrating transport pressure data and species distribution models to estimate invasion risk for alien stowaways. Ecography, -.
2017 Dawson, W., Moser, D., Van Kleunen, M., Kreft, H., Pergl, J., Pyšek, P. ... Essl, F. (2017). Global hotspots and correlates of alien species richness across taxonomic groups. Nature Ecology and Evolution, 1, 0186-0186.
2017 Schwensow, N., Mazzoni, C., Marmesat, E., Fickel, J., Peacock, D., Kovaliski, J. ... Sommer, S. (2017). High adaptive variability and virus-driven selection on major histocompatibility complex (MHC) genes in invasive wild rabbits in Australia. Biological Invasions, 19, 4, 1255-1271.
2017 Crystal-Ornelas, R., Lockwood, J., Cassey, P. & Hauber, M. (2017). The establishment threat of the obligate brood-parasitic Pin-tailed Whydah (Vidua macroura) in North America and the Antilles. Condor, 119, 3, 449-458.
2016 Dalziel, A., Peck, H., Hurt, A., Cooke, J. & Cassey, P. (2016). Proposed surveillance for influenza A in feral pigs. EcoHealth, 13, 2, 410-414.
2016 Duval, C., Cassey, P., Lovell, P., Miksik, I., Reynolds, S. & Spencer, K. (2016). Maternal influence on eggshell maculation: implications for cryptic camouflaged eggs. Journal of Ornithology, 157, 1, 303-310.
2016 Bellard, C., Cassey, P. & Blackburn, T. (2016). Alien species as a driver of recent extinctions. Biology Letters, 12, 2, 20150623-1-20150623-4.
2016 Lucy, F., Roy, H., Simpson, A., Carlton, J., Hanson, J., Magellan, K. ... Conn, D. (2016). INVASIVESNET towards an international association for open knowledge on invasive alien species. Management of Biological Invasions, 7, 2, 131-139.
2016 Arnold, P., Cassey, P. & White, C. (2016). Functional traits in red flour beetles: The dispersal phenotype is associated with leg length but not body size nor metabolic rate. E. Rezende (Ed.). Functional Ecology, 31, 3, -.
2016 Cardilini, A., Buchanan, K., Sherman, C., Cassey, P. & Symonds, M. (2016). Tests of ecogeographical relationships in a non-native species: what rules avian morphology?. Oecologia, 181, 3, 783-793.
2016 Heinrich, S., Wittmann, T., Prowse, T., Ross, J., Delean, S., Shepherd, C. & Cassey, P. (2016). Where did all the pangolins go? International CITES trade in pangolin species. Global Ecology and Conservation, 8, 241-253.
2016 Prowse, T., Bradshaw, C., Delean, S., Cassey, P., Lacy, R., Wells, K. ... Brook, B. (2016). An efficient protocol for the global sensitivity analysis of stochastic ecological models. Ecosphere, 7, 3, e01238-1-e01238-17.
2016 Dalziel, A., Delean, S., Heinrich, S. & Cassey, P. (2016). Persistence of low pathogenic influenza A virus in water: a systematic review and quantitative meta-analysis. J. Waldenström (Ed.). PLoS ONE, 11, 10, e0161929-1-e0161929-24.
2016 Arnold, P., Cassey, P. & White, C. (2016). Maturity matters for movement and metabolic rate: trait dynamics across the early adult life of red flour beetles. Animal Behaviour, 111, 181-188.
2016 Wilson, J., García-Díaz, P., Cassey, P., Richardson, D., Pyšek, P. & Blackburn, T. (2016). Biological invasions and natural colonisations are different - The need for invasion science. NeoBiota, 31, 31, 87-98.
2016 Blackburn, T., Delean, S., Pyšek, P. & Cassey, P. (2016). On the island biogeography of aliens: A global analysis of the richness of plant and bird species on oceanic islands. Global Ecology and Biogeography, 25, 7, 859-868.
2016 Brulez, K., Mikšík, I., Cooney, C., Hauber, M., Lovell, P., Maurer, G. ... Cassey, P. (2016). Eggshell pigment composition covaries with phylogeny but not with life history or with nesting ecology traits of British passerines. Ecology and Evolution, 6, 6, 1637-1645.
2016 Su, S., Cassey, P. & Blackburn, T. (2016). The wildlife pet trade as a driver of introduction and establishment in alien birds in Taiwan. Biological Invasions, 18, 1, 215-229.
2016 Cunningham, C., Prowse, T., Masters, P. & Cassey, P. (2016). Home range, habitat suitability and population modelling of feral Indian peafowl (Pavo cristatus) on Kangaroo Island, South Australia. Australian Journal of Zoology, 64, 2, 107-116.
2016 Wells, K., Cassey, P., Sinclair, R., Mutze, G., Peacock, D., Lacy, R. ... Fordham, D. (2016). Targeting season and age for optimizing control of invasive rabbits. Journal of Wildlife Management, 80, 6, 990-999.
2016 García-Díaz, P., Ross, J., Woolnough, A. & Cassey, P. (2016). The illegal wildlife trade is a likely source of alien species. Conservation Letters, OnlinePubl, 1-9.
2016 Dyer, E., Franks, V., Cassey, P., Collen, B., Cope, R., Jones, K. ... Blackburn, T. (2016). A global analysis of the determinants of alien geographical range size in birds. Global Ecology and Biogeography, 25, 11, 1346-1355.
2016 Cope, R., Ross, J., Wittmann, T., Prowse, T. & Cassey, P. (2016). Integrative analysis of the physical transport network into Australia. D. Kriticos (Ed.). PLoS One, 11, 2, e0148831-1-e0148831-16.
2016 Su, S., Cassey, P., Dyer, E. & Blackburn, T. (2016). Geographical range expansion of alien birds and environmental matching. S. Roos (Ed.). Ibis, 159, 1, 193-203.
2015 Igic, B., Zarate, E., Sewell, M. A., Moskát, C., Cassey, P., Rutila, J. ... Hauber, M. E. (2015). A comparison of egg yolk lipid constituents between parasitic Common Cuckoos and their hosts. Auk, 132, 4, 817-825.
2015 Seymour, R., Angove, S., Snelling, E. & Cassey, P. (2015). Scaling of cerebral blood perfusion in primates and marsupials. The Journal of Experimental Biology, 218, 16, 2631-2640.
2015 Wait, L., Srour, A., Smith, I., Cassey, P., Sims, S. & McAllister, M. (2015). A comparison of antiserum and protein A as secondary reagents to assess Toxoplasma gondii antibody titers in cats and spotted hyenas. Journal of Parasitology, 101, 3, 390-392.
2015 Maurer, G., Portugal, S., Hauber, M., Mikšík, I., Russell, D. & Cassey, P. (2015). First light for avian embryos: eggshell thickness and pigmentation mediate variation in development and UV exposure in wild bird eggs. B. Tschirren (Ed.). Functional Ecology, 29, 2, 209-218.
2015 Cope, R., Prowse, T., Ross, J., Wittmann, T. & Cassey, P. (2015). Temporal modelling of ballast water discharge and ship-mediated invasion risk to Australia. Royal Society Open Science, 2, 4, 150039-1-150039-15.
2015 Prowse, T., Johnson, C., Cassey, P., Bradshaw, C. & Brook, B. (2015). Ecological and economic benefits to cattle rangelands of restoring an apex predator. J. du Toit (Ed.). Journal of Applied Ecology, 52, 2, 455-466.
2015 Blackburn, T., Lockwood, J. & Cassey, P. (2015). The influence of numbers on invasion success. Molecular Ecology, 24, 9, 1942-1953.
2015 Cassey, P. & Hogg, C. J. (2015). Escaping captivity: the biological invasion risk from vertebrate species in zoos. Biological Conservation, 181, 18-26.
2015 Hanley, D., Grim, T., Cassey, P. & Hauber, M. (2015). Not so colourful after all: eggshell pigments constrain avian eggshell colour space. Biology Letters, 11, 5, 1-4.
2015 Su, S., Cassey, P., Vall-Llosera, M. & Blackburn, T. (2015). Going cheap: determinants of bird price in the Taiwanese pet market. S. Lambertucci (Ed.). PLoS One, 10, 5, e0127482-1-e0127482-17.
2015 García-Díaz, P., Ross, J., Ayres, C. & Cassey, P. (2015). Understanding the biological invasion risk posed by the global wildlife trade: propagule pressure drives the introduction and establishment of Nearctic turtles. Global Change Biology, 21, 3, 1078-1091.
2015 Blackburn, T., Dyer, E., Su, S. & Cassey, P. (2015). Long after the event, or four things we (should) know about bird invasions. Journal of Ornithology, 156, Suppl. 1, S15-S25.
2015 Wells, K., Brook, B., Lacy, R., Mutze, G., Peacock, D., Sinclair, R. ... Fordham, D. (2015). Timing and severity of immunizing diseases in rabbits is controlled by seasonal matching of host and pathogen dynamics. Journal of the Royal Society Interface, 12, 103, 20141184-1-20141184-11.
2014 Brulez, K., Cassey, P., Meeson, A., Mikšík, I., Webber, S., Gosler, A. & Reynolds, S. (2014). Eggshell spot scoring methods cannot be used as a reliable proxy to determine pigment quantity. Journal of Avian Biology, 45, 1, 94-102.
2014 Herrando-Pérez, S., Delean, S., Brook, B., Cassey, P. & Bradshaw, C. (2014). Spatial climate patterns explain negligible variation in strength of compensatory density feedbacks in birds and mammals. D. Rubenstein (Ed.). PLoS One, 9, 3, e91536-1-e91536-12.
2014 Ismar, S. M. H., Daniel, C., Igic, B., Morrison-Whittle, P. K., Ballard, G., Millar, C. D. ... Hauber, M. E. (2014). Sexual plumage dichromatism in a size monomorphic seabird. The Wilson Journal of Ornithology, 126, 3, 417-428.
2014 Hauber, M., Samaš, P., Anderson, M., Rutila, J., Low, J., Cassey, P. & Grim, T. (2014). Life-history theory predicts host behavioural responses to experimental brood parasitism. Ethology Ecology and Evolution, 26, 4, 349-364.
2014 Portugal, S., Maurer, G., Thomas, G., Hauber, M., Grim, T. & Cassey, P. (2014). Nesting behaviour influences species-specific gas exchange across avian eggshells. The Journal of Experimental Biology, 217, 18, 3326-3332.
2014 Brulez, K., Choudhary, P., Maurer, G., Portugal, S., Boulton, R., Webber, S. & Cassey, P. (2014). Visual scoring of eggshell patterns has poor repeatability. Journal of Ornithology, 155, 3, 701-706.
2014 Avery, J., Cassey, P. & Lockwood, J. (2014). Contemporary divergence of island bird plumage. Journal of Avian Biology, 45, 3, 291-295.
2014 Su, S., Cassey, P. & Blackburn, T. (2014). Patterns of non-randomness in the composition and characteristics of the Taiwanese bird trade. Biological Invasions, 16, 12, 2563-2575.
2014 Cope, R., Cassey, P., Hugo, G. & Ross, J. (2014). Assessment of the risk of Ebola importation to Australia. PLoS Currents, 6, 1-9.
2014 Bradshaw, C., Brook, B., Delean, S., Fordham, D., Herrando-Pérez, S., Cassey, P. ... Araújo, M. (2014). Predictors of contraction and expansion of area of occupancy for British birds. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London: Biological Sciences, 281, 1786, 20140744-1-20140744-9.
2014 Samas, P., Hauber, M., Cassey, P. & Grim, T. (2014). Host responses to interspecific brood parasitism: a by-product of adaptations to conspecific parasitism?. Frontiers in Zoology, 11, 1, 1-12.
2014 Duval, C., Zimmer, C., Mikšík, I., Cassey, P. & Spencer, K. (2014). Early life stress shapes female reproductive strategy through eggshell pigmentation in Japanese quail. General and Comparative Endocrinology, 208, 146-153.
2014 Blackburn, T., Su, S. & Cassey, P. (2014). A potential metric of the attractiveness of bird song to humans. Ethology, 120, 4, 305-312.
2014 Portugal, S., Hauber, M., Maurer, G., Stokke, B., Grim, T. & Cassey, P. (2014). Rapid development of brood-parasitic cuckoo embryos cannot be explained by increased gas exchange through the eggshell. Journal of Zoology, 293, 4, 219-226.
2014 Allan, G., Cassey, P., Snelling, E., Maloney, S. & Seymour, R. (2014). Blood flow for bone remodelling correlates with locomotion in living and extinct birds. Journal of Experimental Biology, 217, 16, 2956-2962.
2014 García-Díaz, P. & Cassey, P. (2014). Patterns of transport and introduction of exotic amphibians in Australia. Diversity and Distributions, 20, 4, 455-466.
2014 Choudhary, P., Sengupta, D. & Cassey, P. (2014). A general skew-t mixed model that allows different degrees of freedom for random effects and error distributions. Journal of Statistical Planning and Inference, 147, 235-247.
2014 Samas, P., Hauber, M., Cassey, P. & Grim, T. (2014). The evolutionary causes of egg rejection in European thrushes (Turdus spp.): a reply to M. Soler. Frontiers in Zoology, 11, 1, 72-1-72-2.
2014 Cassey, P., Prowse, T. & Blackburn, T. (2014). A population model for predicting the successful establishment of introduced bird species. Oecologia, 175, 1, 417-428.
2013 Aidala, Z., Chong, N., Anderson, M., Ortiz-Catedral, L., Jamieson, I., Briskie, J. ... Hauber, M. (2013). Phylogenetic relationships of the genus Mohoua, endemic hosts of New Zealand's obligate brood parasitic Long-tailed Cuckoo (Eudynamys taitensis). Journal fur Ornithologie, 154, 4, 1127-1133.
2013 Brekke, P., Cassey, P., Ariani, C. & Ewen, J. (2013). Evolution of extreme-mating behaviour: Patterns of extrapair paternity in a species with forced extrapair copulation. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, 67, 6, 963-972.
2013 White, C., Cassey, P., Schimpf, N., Halsey, L., Green, J. & Portugal, S. (2013). Implantation reduces the negative effects of bio-logging devices on birds. Journal of Experimental Biology, 216, 4, 537-542.
2013 Polacikova, L., Takasu, F., Stokke, B., Moksnes, A., Roskaft, E., Cassey, P. ... Grim, T. (2013). Egg arrangement in avian clutches covaries with the rejection of foreign eggs. Animal Cognition, 16, 5, 819-828.
2013 Samas, P., Grim, T., Hauber, M., Cassey, P., Weidinger, K. & Evans, K. (2013). Ecological predictors of reduced avian reproductive investment in the southern hemisphere. Ecography, 36, 7, 809-818.
2013 Blackburn, T., Prowse, T., Lockwood, J. & Cassey, P. (2013). Propagule pressure as a driver of establishment success in deliberately introduced exotic species: fact or artefact?. Biological Invasions, 15, 7, 1459-1469.
2013 Hauber, M., Woolley, S., Cassey, P. & Theunissen, F. (2013). Experience dependence of neural responses to different classes of male songs in the primary auditory forebrain of female songbirds. Behavioural Brain Research, 243, 1, 184-190.
2013 Hanley, D., Cassey, P. & Doucet, S. (2013). Parents, predators, parasites, and the evolution of eggshell colour in open nesting birds. Evolutionary Ecology, 27, 3, 593-617.
2013 Hanley, D., Stoddard, M., Cassey, P. & Brennan, P. (2013). Eggshell conspicuousness in ground nesting birds: do conspicuous eggshells signal nest location to conspecifics?. Avian Biology Research, 6, 2, 147-156.
2013 Duval, C., Cassey, P., Miksik, I., Reynolds, S. & Spencer, K. (2013). Condition-dependent strategies of eggshell pigmentation: An experimental study of Japanese quail (Coturnix coturnix japonica). Journal of Experimental Biology, 216, 4, 700-708.
2013 Duval, C., Cassey, P., Lovell, P., Miksik, I., Reynolds, S. & Spencer, K. (2013). Eggshell appearance does not signal maternal corticosterone exposure in Japanese quail: an experimental study with brown-spotted eggs. PLoS One, 8, 12, 1-8.
2013 White, C., Schimpf, N. & Cassey, P. (2013). The repeatability of metabolic rate declines with time. Journal of Experimental Biology, 216, 10, 1763-1765.
2012 Berthouly-Salazar, C., Cassey, P., van Vuuren, B., van Rensburg, B., Hui, C., Gardner, M. & Le Roux, J. (2012). Development and characterization of 13 new, and cross amplification of 3, polymorphic nuclear microsatellite loci in the common myna (Acridotheres tristis). Conservation Genetics Resources, 4, 3, 621-624.
2012 Ewen, J., Bensch, S., Blackburn, T., Bonneaud, C., Brown, R., Cassey, P. ... Perez-Tris, J. (2012). Establishment of exotic parasites: the origins and characteristics of an avian malaria community in an isolated island avifauna. Ecology Letters, 15, 10, 1112-1119.
2012 Duval, C., Cassey, P., Desaivre, S., Reynolds, S. & Spencer, K. (2012). On the use of commercial quails as study organisms: lessons about food intake from individual variation in body mass. Avian Biology Research, 5, 3, 137-141.
2012 Cassey, P., Miksik, I., Portugal, S., Maurer, G., Ewen, J., Zarate, E. ... Hauber, M. (2012). Avian eggshell pigments are not consistently correlated with colour measurements or egg constituents in two Turdus thrushes. Journal of Avian Biology, 43, 6, 503-512.
2012 Hauber, M., Strausberger, B., Feldheim, K., Lock, J. & Cassey, P. (2012). Indirect estimates of breeding and natal philopatry in an obligate avian brood parasite. Journal fur Ornithologie, 153, 2, 467-475.
2012 Maurer, G., Portugal, S. & Cassey, P. (2012). A comparison of indices and measured values of eggshell thickness of different shell regions using museum eggs of 230 European bird species. Ibis, 154, 4, 714-724.
2012 Igic, B., Cassey, P., Grim, T., Greenwood, D., Moskat, C., Rutila, J. & Hauber, M. (2012). A shared chemical basis of avian host-parasite egg colour mimicry. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London Series B-Biological Sciences, 279, 1731, 1068-1076.
2012 Baylis, S., Cassey, P. & Hauber, M. (2012). Capsaicin as a deterrent against introduced mammalian nest predators. The Wilson Journal of Ornithology, 124, 3, 518-524.
2012 Brekke, P., Wang, J., Bennett, P., Cassey, P., Dawson, D., Horsburgh, G. & Ewen, J. (2012). Postcopulatory mechanisms of inbreeding avoidance in the island endemic hihi (Notiomystis cincta). Behavioral Ecology, 23, 2, 278-284.
2012 Samas, P., Polacikova, L., Hauber, M. E., Cassey, P. & Grim, T. (2012). Egg rejection behavior and clutch characteristics of the European Greenfinch introduced to New Zealand. Chinese birds : the international journal of ornithology, 3, 4, 330-338.
2012 Cassey, P., Thomas, G., Portugal, S., Maurer, G., Hauber, M., Grim, T. ... Miksik, I. (2012). Why are birds' eggs colourful? Eggshell pigments co-vary with life-history and nesting ecology among British breeding non-passerine birds. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, 106, 3, 657-672.
2012 Boulton, R. & Cassey, P. (2012). How avian incubation behaviour influences egg surface temperatures: relationships with egg position, development and clutch size. Journal of Avian Biology, 43, 4, 289-296.
2012 Cassey, P., Hauber, M., Maurer, G. & Ewen, J. (2012). Sources of variation in reflectance spectrophotometric data: a quantitative analysis using avian eggshell colours. Methods in Ecology and Evolution, 3, 2, 450-456.
2012 Fordham, D., Sinclair, R., Peacock, D., Mutze, G., Kovaliski, J., Cassey, P. ... Brook, B. (2012). European rabbit survival and recruitment are linked to epidemiological and environmental conditions in their exotic range. Austral Ecology, 37, 8, 945-957.
2012 Bromham, L., Lanfear, R., Cassey, P., Gibb, G. & Cardillo, M. (2012). Reconstructing past species assemblages reveals the changing patterns and drivers of extinction through time. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London Series B-Biological Sciences, 279, 1744, 4024-4032.
2011 Cassey, P., Maurer, G., Lovell, P. & Hanley, D. (2011). Conspicuous eggs and colourful hypotheses: testing the role of multiple influences on avian eggshell appearance. Avian Biology Research, 4, 4, 185-195.
2011 Portugal, S., Butler, P., Green, J. & Cassey, P. (2011). Indications of phenotypic plasticity in moulting birds: captive geese reveal adaptive changes in mineralisation of their long bones during wing moult. Journal fur Ornithologie, 152, 4, 1055-1061.
2011 Maurer, G. & Cassey, P. (2011). Evaluation of a glossmeter for studying the surface appearance of avian eggs. Journal of Ornithology, 152, 1, 209-212.
2011 Igic, B., Braganza, K., Hyland, M., Silyn-Roberts, H., Cassey, P., Grim, T. ... Hauber, M. (2011). Alternative mechanisms of increased eggshell hardness of avian brood parasites relative to host species. Journal of the Royal Society. Interface, 8, 64, 1654-1664.
2011 Henderson, W., Bomford, M. & Cassey, P. (2011). Managing the risk of exotic vertebrate incursions in Australia. Wildlife Research, 38, 6, 501-508.
2011 Simberloff, D., Alexander, J., Allendorf, F., Aronson, J., Antunes, P., Bacher, S. ... Chapman, J. (2011). Non-natives: 141 scientists object. Nature, 475, 7354, 36-.
2011 Samas, P., Hauber, M., Cassey, P. & Grim, T. (2011). Repeatability of foreign egg rejection: Testing the assumptions of co-evolutionary theory. Ethology, 117, 7, 606-619.
2011 Maurer, G., Portugal, S. & Cassey, P. (2011). Review: an embryo's eye view of avian eggshell pigmentation. Journal of Avian Biology, 42, 6, 494-504.
2011 Blackburn, T., Prowse, T., Lockwood, J. & Cassey, P. (2011). Passerine introductions to New Zealand support a positive effect of propagule pressure on establishment success. Biodiversity and Conservation, 20, 10, 2189-2199.
2011 Maurer, G., Portugal, S., Miksik, I. & Cassey, P. (2011). Speckles of cryptic black-headed gull eggs show no mechanical or conductance structural function. Journal of Zoology, 285, 3, 194-204.
2011 Polacikova, L., Hauber, M., Prochazka, P., Cassey, P., Honza, M. & Grim, T. (2011). A sum of its individual parts? Relative contributions of different eggshell regions to intraclutch variation in birds. Journal of Avian Biology, 42, 4, 370-373.
2011 Maurer, G., Portugal, S., Boomer, I. & Cassey, P. (2011). Avian embryonic development does not change the stable isotope composition of the calcite eggshell. Reproduction Fertility and Development, 23, 2, 339-345.
2010 Cassey, P., Maurer, G., Duval, C., Ewen, J. & Hauber, M. (2010). Impact of time since collection on avian eggshell color: a comparison of museum and fresh egg specimens. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, 64, 10, 1711-1720.
2010 Maurer, G., Russell, D., Woog, F. & Cassey, P. (2010). The eggs of the extinct Egyptian population of White-tailed Eagle Haliaeetus albicilla. Bulletin of the British Ornithologists' Club, 130, 3, 208-214.
2010 Igic, B., Hauber, M., Galbraith, J., Grim, T., Dearborn, D., Brennan, P. ... Cassey, P. (2010). Comparison of micrometer- and scanning electron microscope-based measurements of avian eggshell thickness. Journal of Field Ornithology, 81, 4, 402-410.
2010 Portugal, S., Maurer, G. & Cassey, P. (2010). Eggshell Permeability: A Standard Technique for Determining Interspecific Rates of Water Vapor Conductance. Physiological and Biochemical Zoology, 83, 6, 1023-1031.
2010 Cassey, P., Portugal, S., Maurer, G., Ewen, J., Boulton, R., Hauber, M. & Blackburn, T. (2010). Variability in avian eggshell colour: a comparative study of museum eggshells. PLoS One, 5, 8, e12054-.
2010 Maurer, G., Russell, D. & Cassey, P. (2010). Interpreting the lists and equations of egg dimensions in Schönwetter's Handbuch Der Oologie. Auk, 127, 4, 940-947.
2010 Igic, B., Greenwood, D., Palmer, D., Cassey, P., Gill, B., Grim, T. ... Hauber, M. (2010). Detecting pigments from colourful eggshells of extinct birds. Chemoecology, 20, 1, 43-48.
2010 Portugal, S., Cooper, H., Zampronio, C., Wallace, L. & Cassey, P. (2010). Can museum egg specimens be used for proteomic analyses?. Proteome Science, 8, 1, 40-44.
2010 Russell, D. G. D., White, J., Maurer, G. & Cassey, P. B. (2010). Data-poor Egg Collections: cracking an important resource. Journal of Afrotropical Zoology, 6, 77-82.
2009 Igic, B., Cassey, P., Samas, P., Grim, T. & Hauber, M. (2009). Cigarette butts form a perceptually cryptic component of song thrush (Turdus philomelos) nests. Notornis, 56, 134-138.
2009 Ewen, J., Thorogood, R., Brekke, P., Cassey, P., Karadas, F. & Armstrong, D. (2009). Maternally invested carotenoids compensate costly ectoparasitism in the hihi. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 106, 31, 12798-12802.
2009 Cassey, P., Boulton, R., Ewen, J. & Hauber, M. (2009). Reduced clutch-size is correlated with increased nest predation in exotic Turdus thrushes. Emu, 109, 4, 294-299.
2009 Grim, T., Rutila, J., Cassey, P. & Hauber, M. (2009). The cost of virulence: an experimental study of egg eviction by brood parasitic chicks. Behavioral Ecology, 20, 5, 1138-1146.
2009 Anderson, M., Moskat, C., Ban, M., Grim, T., Cassey, P. & Hauber, M. (2009). Egg eviction imposes a recoverable cost of virulence in chicks of a brood parasite. PLoS One, 4, 11, 1-7.
2009 Portugal, S., Green, J., Cassey, P., Frappell, P. & Butler, P. (2009). Predicting the rate of oxygen consumption from heart rate in barnacle geese Branta leucopsis: effects of captivity and annual changes in body condition. Journal of Experimental Biology, 212, 18, 2941-2948.
2009 Blackburn, T., Cassey, P. & Lockwood, J. (2009). The role of species traits in the establishment success of exotic birds. Global Change Biology, 15, 12, 2852-2860.
2009 Grim, T., Rutila, J., Cassey, P. & Hauber, M. (2009). Experimentally Constrained Virulence is Costly for Common Cuckoo Chicks. Ethology, 115, 1, 14-22.
2009 Reynolds, S., Martin, G. & Cassey, P. (2009). Is sexual selection blurring the functional significance of eggshell coloration hypotheses?. Animal Behaviour, 78, 1, 209-215.
2009 Gorchein, A., Lim, C. & Cassey, P. (2009). Extraction and analysis of colourful eggshell pigments using HPLC and HPLC/electrospray ionization tandem mass spectrometry. Biomedical Chromatography, 23, 6, 602-606.
2009 Lockwood, J., Cassey, P. & Blackburn, T. (2009). The more you introduce the more you get: the role of colonization pressure and propagule pressure in invasion ecology. Diversity and Distributions, 15, 5, 904-910.
2009 Duncan, R., Cassey, P. & Blackburn, T. (2009). Do climate envelope models transfer? A manipulative test using dung beetle introductions. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London Series B-Biological Sciences, 276, 1661, 1449-1457.
2009 Cassey, P., Ewen, J., Marshall, N., Vorobyev, M., Blackburn, T. & Hauber, M. (2009). Are avian eggshell colours effective intraspecific communication signals in the Muscicapoidea? A perceptual modelling approach. Ibis, 151, 4, 689-698.
2009 Blackburn, T. M., Lockwood, J. L. & Cassey, P. B. (2009). Following birds along the pathway to invasion. Biologist, 56, 2, 80-85.
2009 Cassey, P. (2009). Biological optics: Seeing colours in the dark. Current Biology, 19, 23, R1083-R1084.
2008 Blackburn, T., Cassey, P., Duval, C., Evans, K. & Duncan, R. (2008). The biogeography of avian extinctions on oceanic islands revisited. Journal of Biogeography, 36, 8, 1613-1614.
2008 McGlashan, D., Ponniah, M., Cassey, P. & Viard, F. (2008). Clarifying marine invasions with molecular markers: an illustration based on mtDNA from mistaken calyptraeid gastropod identifications. Biological Invasions, 10, 1, 51-57.
2008 Cassey, P., Honza, M., Grim, T. & Hauber, M. (2008). The modelling of avian visual perception predicts behavioural rejection responses to foreign egg colours. Biology Letters, 4, 5, 515-517.
2008 Cassey, P. & Ewen, J. (2008). Relationships between nestling condition and variability in coccidian prevalence among three species of wild-nesting birds in New Zealand. Australian Journal of Zoology, 56, 2, 75-78.
2008 Blackburn, T., Cassey, P. & Lockwood, J. (2008). The island biogeography of exotic bird species. Global Ecology and Biogeography, 17, 2, 246-251.
2008 Cassey, P., Blackburn, T., Duncan, R. & Lockwood, J. (2008). Lessons from introductions of exotic species as a possible information source for managing translocations of birds. Wildlife Research, 35, 3, 193-201.
2008 Cassey, P., Lockwood, J., Olden, J. & Blackburn, T. (2008). The varying role of population abundance in structuring indices of biotic homogenization. Journal of Biogeography, 35, 5, 884-892.
2008 Cassey, P., Ewen, J., Blackburn, T., Hauber, M., Vorobyev, M. & Marshall, N. (2008). Eggshell colour does not predict measures of maternal investment in eggs of Turdus thrushes. Naturwissenschaften, 95, 8, 713-721.
2008 Blackburn, T., Cassey, P., Duncan, R., Evans, K. & Gaston, K. (2008). Threats to Avifauna on Oceanic Islands Revisited. Conservation Biology, 22, 2, 492-494.
2008 Ewen, J., Thorogood, R., Karadas, F. & Cassey, P. (2008). Condition dependence of nestling mouth colour and the effect of supplementing carotenoids on parental behaviour in the hihi (Notiomystis cincta). Oecologia, 157, 2, 361-368.
2008 Ozdemir, H., Karadas, F., Pappas, A., Cassey, P. & Tuncer, O. (2008). The selenium jevels of mothers and their neonates using hair, breast milk, meconium, and maternal and umbilical cord blood in van basin. Biological Trace Element Research, 122, 3, 206-215.
2007 Cassey, P., Ewen, J., Boulton, R., Karadas, F., Moller, A. & Blackburn, T. (2007). A nondestructive method for extracting maternally derived egg yolk carotenoids. Journal of Field Ornithology, 78, 3, 314-321.
2007 White, C., Cassey, P. & Blackburn, T. (2007). Allometric Exponents Do Not Support a Universal Metabolic Allometry. Ecology, 88, 2, 315-323.
2007 Cassey, P., Lockwood, J. & Fenn, K. (2007). Using long-term occupancy information to inform the management of Cape Sable seaside sparrows in the Everglades. Biological Conservation, 139, 1-2, 139-149.
2007 Blackburn, T. & Cassey, P. (2007). Patterns of non-randomness in the exotic avifauna of Florida. Diversity and Distributions, 13, 5, 519-526.
2007 Hauber, M., Cassey, P. & Woolley, S. (2007). Neurophysiological response selectivity for conspecific songs over synthetic sounds in the auditory forebrain of non-singing female songbirds. Journal of Comparative Physiology A-Sensory Neural and Behavioral Physiology, 193, 7, 765-774.
2007 Armstrong, D. & Cassey, P. (2007). Estimating the effect of inbreeding on survival. Animal Conservation, 10, 4, 487-492.
2007 Cassey, P., Craig, J., McArdle, B. & Barraclough, R. (2007). Distance sampling techniques compared for a New Zealand endemic passerine (Philesturnus carunculatus rufusater). New Zealand Journal of Ecology, 31, 2, 223-231.
2007 Cassey, P., Lockwood, J., Blackburn, T. & Olden, J. (2007). Spatial scale and evolutionary history determine the degree of taxonomic homogenization across island bird assemblages. Diversity and Distributions, 13, 4, 458-466.
2007 Cassey, P. (2007). Egg sizes introduced birds [4]. Notornis, 54, 1, 57-.
2006 Cassey, P., Blackburn, T., Lockwood, J. & Sax, D. (2006). A stochastic model for integrating changes in species richness and community similarity across spatial scales. Oikos, 115, 2, 207-218.
2006 Lessells, C., Poelman, E., Mateman, A. & Cassey, P. (2006). Consistent feeding positions of great tit parents. Animal Behaviour, 72, 6, 1249-1257.
2006 Cassey, P., Ewen, J. & Møller, A. (2006). Erratum: Revised evidence for facultative sex ratio adjustment in birds (Proceedings of the Royal Society Series B Biological Sciences DOI.10.1098/rspb.2004.2735). Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 273, 1605, 3129-3130.
2006 Cassey, P. & Blackburn, T. (2006). Reproducibility and repeatability in ecology. Bioscience, 56, 12, 958-959.
2006 Boulton, R. & Cassey, P. (2006). An inexpensive method for identifying predators of passerine nests using tethered artificial eggs. New Zealand Journal of Ecology, 30, 3, 377-385.
2006 Cassey, P., Ewen, J., Karadas, F. & Hauber, M. (2006). Repeatability of laboratory measurements for maternally derived yolk carotenoid concentrations in bird eggs. Australian Journal of Zoology, 54, 6, 381-384.
2006 Pappas, A., Karadas, F., Surai, P., Wood, N., Cassey, P., Bertolotti, G. & Speake, B. (2006). Interspecies variation in yolk selenium concentrations among eggs of free-living birds: The effect of phylogeny. Journal of Trace Elements in Medicine and Biology, 20, 3, 155-160.
2006 Blackburn, T., Cassey, P. & Gaston, K. (2006). Variations on a theme: sources of heterogeneity in the form of the interspecific relationship between abundance and distribution. Journal of Animal Ecology, 75, 6, 1426-1439.
2005 Cassey, P., Blackburn, T., Duncan, R. & Chown, S. (2005). Concerning invasive species: Reply to Brown and Sax. Austral Ecology, 30, 4, 475-480.
2005 Blackburn, T., Cassey, P., Duncan, R., Evans, K. & Gaston, K. (2005). Response to Comment on "Avian Extinction and Mammalian Introductions on Oceanic Islands". Science, 307, 5714, 1412b-1412b.
2005 Cassey, P., Blackburn, T., Duncan, R. & Lockwood, J. (2005). Lessons from the establishment of exotic species: a meta-analytical case study using birds. Journal of Animal Ecology, 74, 2, 250-258.
2005 Sol, D., Duncan, R., Blackburn, T., Cassey, P. & Lefebvre, L. (2005). Big brains, enhanced cognition, and response of birds to novel environments. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 102, 15, 5460-5465.
2005 Lockwood, J., Cassey, P. & Blackburn, T. (2005). The role of propagule pressure in explaining species invasions. Trends in Ecology & Evolution, 20, 5, 223-228.
2005 Cassey, P., Blackburn, T. & Evans, K. (2005). Changes in egg size of exotic passerines introduced to New Zealand. Notornis, 52, 4, 243-246.
2005 Tully, T., Cassey, P. & Ferriere, R. (2005). Functional response: rigorous estimation and sensitivity to genetic variation in prey. Oikos, 111, 3, 479-487.
2005 Blackburn, T., Petchey, O., Cassey, P. & Gaston, K. (2005). Functional diversity of mammalian predators and extinction in island birds. Ecology, 86, 11, 2916-2923.
2005 Cassey, P., Ewen, J., Boulton, R., Blackburn, T., Moller, A., Biard, C. ... Karadas, F. (2005). Egg carotenoids in passerine birds introduced to New Zealand: relations to ecological factors, integument coloration and phylogeny. Functional Ecology, 19, 4, 719-726.
2005 Cassey, P., Blackburn, T., Duncan, R. & Gaston, K. (2005). Causes of exotic bird establishment across oceanic islands. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London Series B-Biological Sciences, 272, October, 2059-2063.
2004 Cassey, P., Blackburn, T., Sol, D., Duncan, R. & Lockwood, J. (2004). Global patterns of introduction effort and establishment success in birds. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 271, SUPPL. 6, S405-S408.
2004 Blackburn, T., Cassey, P., Duncan, R., Evans, K. & Gaston, K. (2004). Avian extinction and mammalian introductions on oceanic islands. Science, 305, 5692, 1955-1958.
2004 Møller, A. & Cassey, P. (2004). On the relationship between T-cell mediated immunity in bird species and the establishment success of introduced populations. Journal of Animal Ecology, 73, 6, 1035-1042.
2004 Cassey, P., Blackburn, T., Russell, G., Jones, K. & Lockwood, J. (2004). Influences on the transport and establishment of exotic bird species: An analysis of the parrots (Psittaciformes) of the world. Global Change Biology, 10, 4, 417-426.
2004 Cassey, P. & Blackburn, T. (2004). Publication and Rejection among Successful Ecologists. BioScience, 54, 3, 234-239.
2004 Blackburn, T., Cassey, P. & Duncan, R. (2004). Extinction in island endemic birds reconsidered. Ecography, 27, 1, 124-128.
2004 Cassey, P., Ewen, J., Blackburn, T. & Møller, A. (2004). A survey of publication bias within evolutionary ecology. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 271, SUPPL. 6, S451-S454.
2004 Cassey, P., Blackburn, T., Jones, K. & Lockwood, J. (2004). Mistakes in the analysis of exotic species establishment: Source pool designation and correlates of introduction success among parrots (Aves: Psittaciformes) of the world. Journal of Biogeography, 31, 2, 277-284.
2004 Cassey, P. & Blackburn, T. (2004). Body size trends in a Holocene island bird assemblage. Ecography, 27, 1, 59-67.
2004 Blackburn, T., Jones, K., Cassey, P. & Losin, N. (2004). The influence of spatial resolution on macroecological patterns of range size variation: A case study using parrots (Aves: Psittaciformes) of the world. Journal of Biogeography, 31, 2, 285-293.
2004 Ewen, J., Cassey, P. & Møller, A. (2004). Facultative primary sex ratio variation: A lack of evidence in birds?. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 271, 1545, 1277-1282.
2004 Blackburn, T. & Cassey, P. (2004). Are introduced and re-introduced species comparable? A case study of birds. Animal Conservation, 7, 4, 427-433.
2003 Ewen, J., Crozier, R., Cassey, P., Ward-Smith, T., Painter, J., Robertson, R. ... Clarke, M. (2003). Facultative control of offspring sex in the cooperatively breeding bell miner, Manorina melanophrys. Behavioral Ecology, 14, 2, 157-164.
2003 Bessa-Gomes, C., Danek-Gontard, M., Cassey, P., Møller, A., Legendre, S. & Clobert, J. (2003). Mating behaviour influences extinction risk: Insights from demographic modelling and comparative analysis of avian extinction risk. Annales Zoologici Fennici, 40, 2, 231-245.
2003 Ewen, J., Cassey, P. & King, R. (2003). Assessment of the randomization test for binomial sex-ratio distributions in birds. Auk, 120, 1, 62-68.
2003 Cassey, P. & Blackburn, T. (2003). Publication rejection among ecologists. Trends in Ecology and Evolution, 18, 8, 375-376.
2003 Cassey, P. (2003). A comparative analysis of the relative success of introduced land birds on islands. Evolutionary Ecology Research, 5, 7, 1011-1021.
2003 Boulton, R., Cassey, P., Schipper, C. & Clarke, M. (2003). Nest site selection by yellow-faced honeyeaters Lichenostomus chrysops. Journal of Avian Biology, 34, 3, 267-274.
2003 Clarke, R., Oliver, D., Boulton, R., Cassey, P. & Clarke, M. (2003). Assessing programs for monitoring threatened species - A tale of three honeyeaters (Meliphagidae). Wildlife Research, 30, 5, 427-435.
2002 Cassey, P. (2002). Life history and ecology influences establishment success of introduced land birds. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, 76, 4, 465-480.
2001 Cassey, P. (2001). Are there body size implications for the success of globally introduced land birds?. Ecography, 24, 4, 413-420.
2001 Cassey, P. & King, R. (2001). The problem of testing the goodness-of-fit of stochastic resource apportionment models. Environmetrics, 12, 7, 691-698.
2001 Cassey, P. (2001). Determining variation in the success of New Zealand land birds. Global Ecology and Biogeography, 10, 2, 161-172.
1999 Cassey, P. & Ussher, G. (1999). Estimating abundance of tuatara. Biological Conservation, 88, 3, 361-366.
1999 Cassey, P. & Mcardle, B. (1999). An assessment of distance sampling techniques for estimating animal abundance. Environmetrics, 10, 3, 261-278.


Year Citation
2009 Blackburn, T., Lockwood, J. & Cassey, P. (2009). Avian invasions : the ecology and evolution of exotic birds. USA: Oxford University Press.

Book Chapters

Year Citation
2015 Cassey, P., Vall-Llosera Camps, M., Dyer, E. & Blackburn, T. M. (2015). The biogeography of avian invasions: History, accident and market trade. In J. Canning-Clode (Ed.), Biological Invasions in Changing Ecosystems: Vectors, Ecological Impacts, Management and Predictions (pp. 37-54). Berlin: Walter De Gruyter GmbH.
2015 Sengupta, D., Choudhary, P. & Cassey, P. (2015). Modeling and analysis of method comparison data with skewness and heavy tails. In (pp. 169-187).
2011 Blackburn, T., Lockwood, J. & Cassey, P. (2011). Fifty years on: confronting Elton's hypotheses about invasion success with data from exotic birds. In D. M. Richardson (Ed.), Fifty Years of Invasion Ecology: The Legacy of Charles Elton (pp. 161-174). United Kingdom: Blackwell Publishers Inc.
2009 Lockwood, J., Blackburn, T., Cassey, P. & Olden, J. (2009). The shape of things to come: non-native mammalian predators and the fate of island bird diversity. In S. T. Turvey (Ed.), Holocene Extinctions (pp. 235-249). UK and Online: Oxford University Press.
2006 Duncan, R., Blackburn, T. & Cassey, P. (2006). Factors Affecting the Release, Establishment and Spread of Introduced Birds in New Zealand. In R. B. Allen & W. G. Lee (Eds.), Biological Invasions in New Zealand (pp. 137-154). Germany: Springer.
2005 Cassey, P. (2005). Insights into Ecology (introduction to part 1). In D. F. Sax, J. J. Stachowicz & S. D. Gaines (Eds.), Species Invasions: Insights into Ecology, Evolution, and Biogeograpy (pp. 9-12). USA: Sinauer Associates.
2005 Sol, D., Blackburn, T., Cassey, P., Duncan, R. & Clavell, J. (2005). Foreword: The ecology and impact of non-indigenous birds. In J. D. Hoyo, A. Elliot & D. Christie (Eds.), Handbook of the Birds of the World. Volume 10: Cuckoo-Shrikes to Thrushes (pp. 13-32). UK: Lynx Edicions.

Conference Items

Year Citation
2017 Arnold, P., Cassey, P. & White, C. (2017). Experimental evolution of dispersal-related traits in a model insect: morphological, physiological, and behavioural responses to spatial selection. Annual Meeting of the Society-for-Integrative-and-Comparative-Biology (SICB). New Orleans, LA.

Report for External Bodies

Year Citation
2016 Gillanders, B. M., Ward, T. M., Bailleul, F., Cassey, P., Deveney, M. R., Doubleday, Z. A. ... Wiltshire, K. H., (2016). Spencer Gulf Ecosystem and Development Initiative. Developing knowledge and tools to inform integrated management of Spencer Gulf: Case study on shipping and ports., Adelaide,

Research Funding

Since completing my PhD I have been awarded a large number of competitive international research project and training grants (20+ grants totaling more than AU$6M). Major external grant funding (>AU$100k) that has been successfully awarded since commencing at University of Adelaide (2010) is listed below. In addition, I have received State Government (South Australia, Victoria) and University of Adelaide competitive grant and contract support (c. AU$400k).

Date Project/No. Investigators Funding Body
2015-2018 The phylogenetics of invasions Tim Blackburn; Phill Cassey; Gavin Thomas Leverhulme Trust
2014-2016 Transport risk pathways for emerging invasive species Phill Cassey; Joshua Ross; John Drake Australian Research Council: Discovery
2012-2014 Meta-modelling of ecological, evolutionary and climatic systems dynamics Barry Brook; Corey Bradshaw; Phill Cassey; Tom Wigley; Robert Lacy Australian Research Council: Discovery
2012-2014 An integrated tool for informing pest management: modelling range shifts for an invasive vertebrate in response to climate change Damien Fordham; Phill Cassey; Barry Brook; Gregory Mutze Australian Research Council: Linkage
2010-2017 Exotic vertebrate risk analysis framework Phill Cassey; Dean Anderson Invasive Animals CRC
2009-2012 The evolution of species traits and spread during biological invasions Phill Cassey Australian Research Council: Future Fellowship

Phill is the Faculty of Sciences Program Coordinator for the Bachelor of Science Advanced degree. The BSc (Advanced) is an innovative vocational program for high-achieving students who wish to further develop their knowledge and understanding of interdisciplinary science. The program has a strong emphasis on research skill development, and ethical best-practice scientific conduct. The program provides students with the early opportunity to participate in the academic and research culture of the discipline areas they are most interested in, through small group mentoring and specialized laboratory experiences.

In addition, Phill lectures for the 2nd and 3rd year BSc courses in the Ecology Major (Ecology II and Concepts in Ecology III). Phill’s teaching in Ecology includes practical statistical workshops, and both domestic and international field courses.

Current Teaching Schedule

ENV BIOL 2502 - Ecology II & ENV BIOL 2005 - Ecology for Engineers II

Ecology II introduces the core principles of modern ecology, provides basic skills for the conduction of field studies, and fosters the development of the skills needed for the scientific analysis of ecological systems.

ENV BIOL 3121 - Concepts in Ecology III

Ecology III addresses advanced ecological concepts across populations, communities and ecosystems, and examines various approaches to their studies, including experiments and models. It provides both an understanding of theoretical ecology as well as a foundation for ecological applications.

waders  tracking  snake  crab

SCIENCE 1300 - Principles & Practice of Research (Advanced) I

Science 1300 introduces students to the core principles of scientific research and research environments. It focuses on building a robust understanding of ethical scientific practices and includes interdisciplinary collaboration, group investigation, and best-practice data management.

SCIENCE 2300 - Principles & Practice of Research (Advanced) II

Science 2300 immerses students into contemporary programs of research through engagement with a variety of different academic researchers, each of whom will present a current problem or project from their own research. Students will emerge with a clearer understanding of the roles various people play in scientific discovery and some of the career paths a degree in science can make possible.

SCIENCE 3100 - Principles & Practice of Research (Advanced) III

Science 3100 is exposes students to the university research environment and provides them an opportunity to participate in the process of scientific research. The primary component of this course is the laboratory placement, in which students are associated with an active research group in the Faculty, providing them with an opportunity to gain hands-on experience in one or more scientific projects.

SCIENCE 3500 - Science International Study Tour

Science 3500 consists of an intensive overseas study tour introducing science students to international culture and society. The ‘Deep Water Deep Jungle’ course immerses students in a 13 night experience observing ecology and animal trafficking in South Eastern Asia. This intensive cultural experience will enable students to directly gain knowledge and understanding of the South East Asian environmental issues and on-ground conservation efforts.


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Phill is highly experienced in the leadership and supervision of scientific laboratories, full-time research and professional staff, and higher-degree research students. Since arriving in Australia in 2010 he has successfully supervised seven PhDs to completion.

Current Supervision

Phill currently supervises, and co-supervises, two Masters students, four Honours students, and seven PhD students (three of whom will complete and submit their PhD dissertations before the end of 2017).

Click here to see a list of current students and lab projects

Jack  Jacob  Toni  Amy  Adam  chandran  Ellen  freyja  mark  rachel  sarah  shannon

Committee Memberships

Date Role Committee Institution Country
2016 - ongoing Advisory Board Member New Zealand's Biological Heritage National Science Challenge New Zealand

Editorial Boards

Date Role Editorial Board Name Country
2015 - ongoing Editor Biological Invasions United States
2014 - ongoing Editor Auk United States
2007 - 2016 Editor Australian Journal of Zoology Australia
Associate Professor
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