Science Communication

It may be no surprise to you all that I like to write about the science I do, in order to raise awareness of the needs of amphibians and reptiles. As a scientist I feel we have a duty to help disseminate scientific information in a format that everybody can understand. Science communication is the main way as scientists/researchers we can help bridge the gap between our own work and the understanding of society. In order to do this I blog to inform the general public about science in general, with a few opinion pieces based on my own knowledge and experience. I also appear on a number of podcasts in order to help reach different audiences that may not be as confident reading a blog. Below is a list of some of these blogs and other pieces I have authored that aren't hosted by any of the sites in the 'Science Communication' sidebar.

Student Newspapers

During my Master's Degree, I started writing articles about conservation for the student newspaper, Felix. These articles were a mix of success stories as well as underappreciated conservation efforts that the average reader may not be aware of. This weekly column was called 'Connect with Conservation' for obvious reasons, and thanks to the wonders of the digital age, you can find all of my articles at the link below. During my PhD at the University of Kent, I also wrote a similar column for InQuire, the University of Kent student newspaper. Both of these experiences helped me shape information in a way that could be accessible to the general ready, while also explaining more complex topics.

Felix Logo InQuire

Blog Posts etc

As well as my own blog, I have also produced a number of guest blogs for others


The Herpetological Society of Ireland - Photographic Diary: Borneo Field Trip


Chytrid Crisis - Tracking Chytrid in Madagascar

Gecko Time - Stories on the Geckos of Mount Kinabalu

A Herpetologist's Adventures in Borneo (video)


The Biochemist Blog - Venom: killer but also a potential cure


PhDetails - #46 Steven Allain

SAVE THE FROGS! - The Common Toad is in Trouble

SAVE THE FROGS! - The Story OF The Introduced Marsh Frog

Society for Conservation Biology - In Memoriam: The Man Who Loved Frogs

Save The Snakes - Studying the barred grass snake in the UK: A dream come true


Gecko Time - There’s a Gecko in my Salad! Investigating Stowaway Geckos Entering Great Britain


Amphibian and Reptile Conservation Trust - Guest blog - My ARC-BHS Scientific Meeting 2021


SAVE THE FROGS! - An Interview With Amphibian Biologist Steven Allain


Another way I like to engage interested parties in my research and conservation work is by presenting a number of talks on various aspects or projects, that I feel they would find interesting. This also includes speaking at conferences and updating the scientific community with advances in my research (with more information on my Research page). Below is a list of the talks I've presented to both scientific audiences and non-scientific ones:

11th February 2016 - Midwife toads in Cambridge (Anglia Ruskin Wildlife Society)

23rd November 2017 - Amphibian conservation and midwife toads in Cambridge (Cambridge Conservation Forum)

19th April 2018 - Investigating Chytrid Fungus (University of Southampton Herpetological Society)

23rd November 2019 - Where did the midwife toads come from? (Hampshire and Isle of Wight Amphibian and Reptile Group)