Research

Measures of Success: Status, Values and Self-Promotion

The unlikely President-elect Donald Trump has, whether you or I like it or not, led a successful campaign that has landed him in one of the most powerful positions in the World. Which makes me question what is required to be a success? Do values have to be sacrificed to be a success? Is controversy… Read more Measures of Success: Status, Values and Self-Promotion

The emerging entomologist: the merits of taxonomy

Studying monitor lizards my sample size on morphology was a meagre 6 lizards, of which I collected movement data from 5 individuals. Small numbers achieved from 4 months of hard graft scrambling through dense rainforest for hours every day. Studying ants I have already identified a dizzying 21,085 ants and I am only half way… Read more The emerging entomologist: the merits of taxonomy

Is a work-life balance only a work of fiction?

As a teacher I would work probably on average 50 hours a week, often more, rarely less, and I was efficient. That does not account for parent’s evenings, interview evenings, open days or whole weekends spent supervising Duke of Edinburgh expeditions. Teachers become experts at multi-tasking. The work load and demand on a teacher’s time… Read more Is a work-life balance only a work of fiction?

Practicalities of Tropical Field Ecology

Three months of field work in Borneo. What should be expected? The name Borneo conjures up images of enchanted primary rainforest, pockets of forest that have managed to endure and remain unscathed, huge tropical trees extending up to the heavens, an array of unusual, exotic wildlife from brightly coloured birds to venomous snakes and the… Read more Practicalities of Tropical Field Ecology