I have been fascinated with nature and wildlife for as long as I can remember. Although I am interested in all animal groups, my special interest is in reptiles, amphibians, and small mammals.

As a professional zoologist , I teach at undergraduate and postgraduate level and I Curate a leading UK Museum’s herpetological collection of international importance. I also conduct research to support threatened species.

Conservation is very close my heart and I have established several important initiatives for saving Critically Endangered amphibians from extinction.

My specialist knowledge in neotropical herpetology is coupled with a wide range of experience working in the field, especially in Amazonian South America, extensively in Central America, and also in Asia and tropical Queensland, Australia. To date, I have conducted over 20 research expeditions to some of the remotest areas. I have also gained experience working with the media, directly presenting my subject and acting as a main scientific field advisor for several ground breaking wildlife documentaries.

The Times