Hello everyone, if you hadn't guessed it already my name is Steve. I'm a zoology graduate from Anglia Ruskin University, a Master's graduate from Imperial College London and a current PhD student at the University of Kent. My current area of research is primarily based around reptile disease and population ecology, although I'm interested in amphibian disease ecology too. As as a zoology graduate I have a wide base of knowledge to draw from but it's always been amphibians and reptiles that have appealed to me. I'm often asked how I got into what I do and the answer is simple - I just never grew up. I'm always looking for new projects to get involved with and finding ways to answer the questions that spontaneously pop into my head. I'm one of those people that likes to be constantly busy and I won't shy away from a challenge! I'm a very confidence speaker and I love speaking at conferences about my research and what I've been up to in the field.
My passion for the natural world and conserving herpetofauna has opened a number of doors for me, some of which have seen me take on a number of responsibilities. For example, I'm the current chairman of the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Amphibian & Reptile Group (CPARG) and I help to organise and coordinate a number of amphibian and reptile surveys around the county. I was also a previous blogger for The Wandering Herpetologist, a once popular herpetological blog some of you may remember me from. I also used to be an intern for IUCN SSC Amphibian Red List Authority, focusing on south-east Asian amphibians. It's easy to see where my passion lies and I hope that with the website that I'll be able to tie everything together in one place! You may be wondering how I got the nickname 'the newt guy', this was given to me at university during my undergraduate years as I spent all of my spare time surveying for newts (partly for my dissertation and partly for fun).
I'm a current member of the Amphibian Specialist Group (ASG) as well as the International Varanid Interest Group (IVIG). My use of social media extends past my personal use, I manage the Twitter accounts for The British Herpetological Society (BHS) and Captive and Field Herpetology. The BHS is a long running society that was founded in 1947 to further the science of herpetology, I'm also a member of the Society's council to help shape it's future. If you'd like to find out more about the organisations listed above then please click on the images below.