Steve's Herpetological Blog

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

Year: 2021

#StevesLibrary: The Humans Who Went Extinct

Something that I’m sure I’ve mentioned on this blog is that I’ve always been fascinated by the origins of our species. To me, the scientific origins of our species are far more interesting than the biblical one, and I always…

#StevesLibrary: The Overloaded Ark

Recently I finished a book, by that great source of conservation optimism and enthusiasm Gerald Durrell. As I’ve said before, whenever I feel a little disillusioned by the world and the current state of affairs, I always grab one of…

#SciFri: What haven’t I seen as many frogs this year?

A number of people this year have asked me why they haven’t seen as many amphibians as they usually would. I’m sure many of you are used to seeing your pond overcrowded with frogs, jostling for a chance to mate….

#StevesLibrary: A Sting in the Tale

Only I could accidentally read a series of books on the wonderful lives of insects in the wrong order. I’ve recently finished A Sting in the Tale by Dave Goulson, after reading one of his more recent books A Buzz…

#StevesLibrary: Stuff Matters

As you’ve probably guessed, I’m not a materials scientist but the author of the book I read this week is. Some of you may recognise Mark Miodownik from BBC Radio 4 or some of the various TV shows he’s produced…

#StevesLibrary: Stiff

Something that has always intrigued me is the human body, especially the internal structure and what happens after we die. I know this is slightly morbid, but it’s just one of those things that is rarely spoken about – perhaps…

#StevesLibrary:Witness to Extinction

Now, this is a book that I’ve been wanting to read for quite some time. Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to secure a copy of my own due to copies being prohibitively expensive (I’m not sure why). Thankfully however, my…

#SciFri: May Project Update 2021

It’s that time of year again when I make my annual pilgrimage to Norfolk, in the attempt to catch as many grass snakes as I can. You’ll be glad to know that I have made it here nice and early…

#StevesLibrary: No Need for Geniuses

It’s very easy as a Brit to forget that there are other countries out there that have made important contributions to science and engineering. In my mind, it is frustrating that throughout our schooling, our attention is made only to…

#SteveReviews: Seaspiracy

I’ve been waiting for the dust to settle on this one for a little while as the subject is quite controversial. Seaspiracy is a new Netflix documentary (trailer below), that examines the global fishing industry. Now this may not sound…