In the news

As a research scientist I think it's important to help make your research more accessible by producing press releases, to disseminate your findings to a wider audience. Whether or not it gets picked up by a news outlet is an entirely different story! I also think scientists should work to combat misinformation in the media, breaking down misconceptions about the field they study. Unfortunately amphibians and reptiles have a global image problem but thankfully some people will listen to sense. Listed below are a number of examples where my conservation actions, research and comments have been published by various media outlets.


Cambridge Independent (5th May 2017) - Toad ladders installed in Cambridge to save amphibians from death traps


Cambridge Independent (10th April 2018) - Concern for Cambridge's late-waking amphibians

University of Kent (18th October 2018) - DICE PhD candidate Steven Allain featured in BBC Wildlife magazine


BBC News (1st July 2019) - Snake on loose in Cambridge is 'risk to small animals'

Cambridge News (1st July 2019) - This is where the escaped 9ft Cambridge python is likely to be

Cambridge News (2nd July 2019) - Missing nine-foot python is STILL on the loose

The Telegraph (4th July 2019) - 'Escaped' Cambridge python probably still at home, says expert

BBC News (4th July 2019)- Cambridge python: Escaped 9ft snake recaptured


University of Kent (28th January 2020) - DICE PhD candidate Steven Allain discovers new species of parasitic worm

Cambridge Independent (22nd February 2020) - Helping to save the lives of Cambridge’s threatened population of toads

University of Kent (24th July 2020) - DICE PhD student Steven Allain publishes four articles in single publication

The Argus (30th September 2020) - Expert's concerns for snake 'taken for walk' in Brighton centre


BBC News (22nd June 2021) - Snake owner's warning after 6ft boa constrictor escapes

University of Kent (14th October 2021) - Snakes in the grass


University of Kent (13th October 2022) - Rewilding: a Major Theme at the 2022 Amphibian and Reptile Group UK Conference

University of Kent (9th November 2022) - Conservation Biologist Steve Allain wins Prestigious National Wildlife Award


Bored Panda (2nd July 2023) - Man Receives Shock Of A Lifetime After Finding Snake Inside Bag Of Broccoli, Demands Compensation