Psychology of science #1 Why does one become a scientist?

In this blog post I introduce one of my extra-curricular interests: psychology. Psychology underpins science and conservation in a multitude of ways, from what it takes to become a successful scientist to the way conservationists make decisions under limited information. Here, I introduce current thinking on what motivates individuals to become scientists. Science is one … More Psychology of science #1 Why does one become a scientist?

Freshwater crayfishes

Following the introduction to my thesis topic, I want to share one of my side projects focusing on freshwater crayfish. Freshwaters are highly threatened, yet some of the most poorly-known habitats on earth – enough to tickle my fancy!  Freshwater invertebrates are a highly diverse group of animals, with more than 90,000 species described from … More Freshwater crayfishes

Addressing data gaps on the IUCN Red List

It is probably time that I introduce my PhD project, and explain my interest/obsession on Data Deficient and poorly-known species. I am mostly writing this for my family and friends, who are continually confused about my professional endeavours! In light of rapid global change, the 12th target of the Strategic Plan of the Convention on … More Addressing data gaps on the IUCN Red List

Rats of Sulawesi

The island of Sulawesi hosts an extremely rich mammalian fauna, including many range-restricted montane forest endemics. Small mammals in this area are extremely poorly-known, and many had not been recorded since expeditions in the 1930s.  This is until a recent project, led by Alessio Mortelliti, enabled the re-assessment to data-sufficient categories of four rodent (Taeromys … More Rats of Sulawesi

Mind the gap … in our knowledge

Last December, I participated in the public engagement event Mind the gap … in our knowledge at the Zoological Society of London. The event explored biases in conservation information, highlighted reasons and mechanisms behind knowledge gaps, and outlined their relevance for the success of conservation science. An audio recording of my talk, entitled Monitoring global biodiversity under data uncertainty, is … More Mind the gap … in our knowledge

Australian marsupial moles

Australian marsupial moles are poorly-known species from the northern and western Australian deserts. There are two recognised species of marsupial moles in Australia: Notoryctes caurinus and Notoryctes typhlops, which branched off from the marsupial family tree 64 million years ago. These small animals, weighing between 40 and 60 grammes, have the peculiar habit of ‘swimming’ through sand. Unlike most … More Australian marsupial moles