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
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
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