Steve's Herpetological Blog

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

Books

#StevesLibrary: The Secret Life of Fungi

Hopefully by now, you know that I have a fascination for fungi. This has mainly stemmed from the pathogenic species that infect amphibians (such as Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis) and reptiles (such as Ophidiomyces ophiodiicola, which I investigated as part of my…

#StevesLibrary: Hacking The Code of Life

This is one of those books that I’ve recommended to a number of people, yet have accidentally forgotten to feature here on my blog. Hacking The Code of Life by Nessa Carey is a captivating exploration into the world of…

#SciFri: Birds and Us at the Linnean Society of London

On the evening of the 14th July last year, I attended a lecture at the Linnean Society of London being presented by Emeritus Professor Tim Birkhead. He has published a number of books in the past on various aspects of…

#SciFri: Animals – Art, Science & Sound

If you know me well, you know that the one thing I love more than science, are books. Recently, I found the time to visit the British Library in London to visit and exhibition that I have been meaning too…

#StevesLibrary: Tadpole Hunter

It is rare that I get the chance to review a book with a herpetological theme (there aren’t many of them out there despite my best efforts to pitch my ideas to publishers), but that changes this week! Tadpole Hunter…

#StevesLibrary: The Tangled Tree

It has been a while since I posted a #StevesLibrary update, and a lot has happened since then! Thankfully, I am now reading regularly again after taking a break while I focussed on getting my PhD thesis past the finish…

#StevesLibrary: Bee Quest

After finishing to read His Imperial Majesty recently, I thought I’d keep with the entomological theme and read Bee Quest. Insects are one of those groups of animals that fascinate me deeply, but were just beaten by amphibians and reptiles….

#StevesLibrary: His Imperial Majesty

You may remember a short while ago when I reviewed The Butterfly Isles by Patrick Barkham, it was during this book that I first me the eccentric character that is Matthew Oates. In Barkham’s book, Oates helps him to see…

#StevesLibrary: The Body

Bill Bryson is one of those authors that I respect for taking on the challenge of writing books on the most impossible topics. The Body: A Guide for Occupants is no exception. How on Earth do you go about summarising…

#StevesLibrary: Winged Obsession

There aren’t many books out there on the illegal wildlife trade, which is a shame as it is an interesting and often overlooked area of conservation. Some of you may remember back to last summer when I read Stolen Worlds,…