Steve's Herpetological Blog

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#SciFri: The science of stowaways

Those of you that know me, will know that I have a voracious appetite for reading and also answering questions. Something I’ve been interested in for a while (since later 2015) is the the frequency and origin of stowaway reptiles…

#SciFri: Tips on crowdfunding for scientific research

Recently a number of people have been asking for my advice and opinions on crowdfunding as a source of funding scientific research. Crowdfunding is a untapped stream in my mind, allowing groups to still carry out their research when grants…

#SciFri: April project update

Unfortunately at the moment it doesn’t look like I’ll be able complete my fieldwork anytime soon, given the current coronavirus pandemic. This isn’t exactly the fun-filled and action packed update I was planning but things changed very quickly (as I’m…

#SciFri: Folding@home

I recently found out about a free and exciting way we can all help fight disease, thanks to one of my favourite YouTubers, Linus Sebastian. For those of you that don’t know, Linus is usually most happy when building gaming…

#SciFri: Herpetofauna Workers Meeting 2020

Back in early February, I attended the a conference on the 15th and 16th February in Southport up on the Sefton coast. Despite the fact that Storm Dennis was blowing and coronavirus was yet to cause the disruption is has…

#SciFri: How good is pattern matching software?

We are currently living through some pretty tough times, not since the Second World War has there been the same level of restrictions on movement of people as there are at the moment. As someone that studies disease (in animals),…

#SciFri: We described a new species!

Back in October 2015, I was sitting in the Cambridge Blue (on Gwydir Street, Cambridge) when I got a phone call from John W. Wilkinson of the Amphibian and Reptile Conservation Trust (ARC). He had rang to tell me about…

#SciFri: 9th World Congress of Herpetology Part II

In case you’ve been hiding under a rock for the past few weeks, which is completely understandable given the state of world politics, I wrote a post not too long ago about my experiences at the World Congress of Herpetology…

#SciFri: 9th World Congress of Herpetology

Recently I was lucky enough to present both a talk and a poster at the 9th World Congress of Herpetology in Dunedin, New Zealand. The location for the Congress was the University of Otago, which is somewhere I’ve always wanted…

#SciFri: The last herpetological conferences of the decade!

Those of you that follow me on Twitter or Instagram will know that recently I attended two conferences here in the UK. The first was the Joint Scientific Meeting held in Bournemouth and the second was Venom Day, held in…