Steve's Herpetological Blog

An insight into the life of Steve, his research and the many books he reads

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#StevesLibrary: What is Life?

Interestingly enough I acquired my copy of What is Life? by a regular at the pub I used to work behind the bar at in Cambridge. He had become quite frustrated and knowing I was an avid reader of popular…

#StevesLibrary: What Nature Does for Britain

As promised on Instagram, here is the post you’ve all been waiting for! With Brexit looming, I thought it would be a good idea to learn more about the ecosystem services that take place on our doorstep. It’s also important…

#SciFri: Working out canopy cover using ImageJ – How To

Hey everyone! A number of you have asked me how to use ImageJ to determine canopy cover following my previous #SciFri post. I didn’t make it explicitly clear and so now that is what I intend to do! Before you…

#StevesLibrary: Field Notes from a Catastrophe

Following the news that the Amazon has been on fire for a few weeks and accelerating climate change, I thought I’d provide my feedback on a book that seems very relevant given the circumstances. Like you, I’ve been quite disheartened…

#StevesLibrary: Inheritors of the Earth

I am fortunate to have met the author of Inheritors of the Earth, Chris D. Thomas a few months again when he presented the DICE Annual Lecture at my home institution, the University of Kent. In his talk, he summarised…

#SciFri: Using ImageJ to work out canopy cover

Sorry for the lack of a #SciFri blog post over the past month or so, I’ve been busy with fieldwork and a few other things! I was intending to post this a short while ago but I’ve had to tease…

#StevesLibrary: The Selfish Gene

The Selfish Gene is one of those books I read back during my undergrad years whilst studying animal behaviour. For those of you that are unaware, it is Richard Dawkins’ first book and at the time it was highly influential….

#StevesLibrary: What Has Nature Ever Done for Us?

As many regular readers of my blog will know, I like to read books when commuting on trains to and from London (this was particularly the case when studying at Imperial College London). One of the many books that helped…

#StevesLibrary: The Feather Thief

First of all I must congratulate Kirk Wallace Johnson for writing such a thrilling true-crime narrative, that in truth is stranger than fiction. I’ve been aware of the Tring heist executed by Edwin Rist in 2009 for some while, thanks…

#SciFri: Norwich Geology Walk

Not long ago, I was in Norwich for a week whilst attending a PhD related summer school at the University of East Anglia. Whilst I was there, I was given the opportunity to go for a guided walk of the…