Steve's Herpetological Blog

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

#StevesLibrary: Sex, Botany and Empire

After reading The Naming of the Shrew recently, I was eager to find our more about Carl Linnaeus in an easily digestible format. That is where Sex, Botany & Empire comes in. The author, Patricia Fara is a historian of…

#StevesLibrary: The Book of Humans

A book that has been waiting patiently on my bookcase for me to read for a while, is The Book of Humans by Adam Rutherford. If you’re familiar with Rutherford, then you’ll know that he’s an intelligent and witty communicator….

#StevesLibrary: The Naming of the Shrew

There are many things that you learn during the course of a zoology degree, and the subsequent years regarding the scientific naming of animals and plants. These include such facts as the binomial system of taxonomy that we use today…

#StevesLibrary: The Drunken Forest

I had to end 2021 on a positive note, and so I chose to read The Drunken Forest by Gerald Durrell, for the simple fact that Durrell’s writing is always something that helps fill you with optimism and hope. Durrell…

#StevesLibrary: Eat Me

First off, as this is my first blog post since before the festive season, I hope you had a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! I thought I’d kick 2022 off with something a little different, that I…

#StevesLibrary: Our Place

The book ‘ve just finished reading is one that took a little longer to get through than I had hoped, but it is quite densely packed with a whole host of interesting and relevant information. Our Place by Mark Cocker…

#SciFri: Joint Scientific Meeting 2021

It’s a shame that we are still yet to return to in-person conferences, I’m still looking forward to that day. However, with the ongoing uncertainty of the Omicron variant, and COVID transmission this winter (despite the fact most people have…

#SteveReviews: Tiger King 2

I’m sure many of you will agree that the original Tiger King was the one series that stopped us all going insane during the first lockdown of 2020. When it looked like the world was falling apart, Tiger King was…

#SteveReviews: Animal

Given the recent trend for nature documentaries to be rammed full of false jeopardy and anthropomorphism, it was nice to find that Animal a new series from Netflix bucks this trend. I wasn’t quite sure what to expect when I…

#StevesLibrary: How Bad Are Bananas?

I’m always happy to pick up a book, that makes me stop and think about my impact on the world. It just so happens that How Bad Are Bananas? by Mike Berners-Lee is one of these. Berners-Lee is a carbon…