Fieldwork has taken me to the tropical rainforests of Indonesia, the Peruvian Amazon, the Philippines and Malaysian Borneo, it has taken me to the deserts of Namibia and the savannas in Tanzania, it has shown me the beautiful beaches of Pembrokeshire and the expansive North Yorkshire moors. I have held caiman in the Amazon, counted… Read more Is ecology as dull as dishwater? Why fieldwork matters.
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
As I safely try to scale a giant tropical Dipterocarp tree, hauling myself from the humid forest floor to the cooler tops of the canopy I need an array of equipment. 100 m ropes, slings, helmets, a harness with an assortment of safety devices including karabiners, a jumar, duck, and kroll, using techniques developed from… Read more Agta
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?
Trained as a zoologist trees have by and large evaded my attention, instead I have always been drawn by the enigmatic animatic thus I have remained blind for many years as to the wonder that trees possess. Initially the trees were frameworks housing the focus of my study, canopy invertebrates, but little by little the… Read more Tree Gestures