Steve's Herpetological Blog

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

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#StevesLibrary: The Diversity of Life

In 2016 when I spent 3 months in Malaysia, I took a number of books to read on the flights but also for during the downtime. It turned out that I actually read most before bed, or when we were…

#SciFri: Life in the Dark

The Natural History Museum is quite possibly my ideal image of what utopia looks like, I’ve been going there for over 20 years and it’s my home away from home. Whenever a new exhibit is announced, I try to visit…

#SciFri: Rock N Roll is Noise Pollution

Regular readers of the blog will know that every fortnight I write a special blog on something science related that I’ve either visited or been involved with. Some of you may have already realised that I like to listen to…

#SciFri: Amphibians and Reptiles of Scotland

On Saturday 9th June, herpetologists from all over the UK (including me) gathered in Glasgow for a very special occasion. The Glasgow Natural History Society, in conjunction with Clyde ARG, had organised a fantastic line-up of herpetologically themed talks for…

Froglife Toad Summit 2018

On the 19th June herpetologists from all over Europe travelled to Peterborough for Froglife’s 2018 ‘Toad Summit’. The driving force behind this one day meeting was a recently published scientific paper based on decades of painstakingly collected toad patrol data,…

Visiting the refurbished Cambridge Zoology Museum

In September 2012 when I first moved to Cambridge, one place where I spent a lot of my time was looking around the Zoology Museum just off of Downing Street. As a zoology undergraduate, this museum was a gem and…

#SciFri: Other Minds: The Octopus and the Evolution of Intelligent Life

On Monday 11th June I was lucky to join a couple of friends at Conway Hall, London for a talk by Peter Godfrey-Smith regarding his research which has culminated in his brilliant book ‘Other Minds: The Octopus and the Evolution…

#SciFri: The Invention of Nature: Andrea Wulf in conversation

As a number of you may have recognised by both the start of this special weekly post on my blog and the large amounts of content I post on social media, I attend a number of talks and debates throughout…

#SciFri: Ford vs. Naish

I’ve decided to jump on board with a new weekly blog titled ‘#SciFri’ which will of course also tie in to my social media accounts so keep an eye out on those. On this past Tuesday night I attended a much…

#StevesLibrary – Dry Store Room No. 1

One of my favourite places on Earth is the Natural History Museum in London. I’ve been visiting for over 20 years now and I’m currently completing one of my Master’s projects there. It is a magical place that is the…