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
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
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
We all get it. That twisted feeling in the stomach. The sleepless night. The fear of something new. It’s the culprit responsible for what I, and many people, call ‘comfy feet’. Why leave? Why change? I was a science teacher for the last 8 years and for most of that time I can say I… Read more The Fear of Something New