Author Archives: Ed

What’s the buzz?

Over the last few weeks the British countryside and particularly the gardens, woods and fields around Madingley have really come to life. From where I am sitting in my office, I can see the meadow at the back of Madingley … Continue reading

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What do scientists actually do?

One of the advantages of being a tropical biologist is that you have a legitimate excuse to escape the soggy shores of England for a few weeks over the winter. There’s something almost magical about stepping onto a plane in … Continue reading

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Britain’s Largest Wildlife Reserve

In the damper areas are groups of tiny springtails, each the size of a grain of sand, but velvety and striped like a diminutive zebra. Soft and nutritious, these tiny arthropods must live in constant fear for their lives. And … Continue reading

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In praise of fleas

We don’t own a cat, but a neighbour’s has decided to adopt us. Sleek and affectionate, it joins us for breakfast, curls up on the chair in our conservatory, and lounges around on the top of our rabbit’s hutch. The … Continue reading

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Collecting insects the SAFE way

Two of the most important things to remember when designing an ecological survey are that the methods chosen need to be replicable and that the data collected should be representative of the area and the species being studied. In practice, … Continue reading

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Eating Out

One of the fun things about research in the tropics is trying the food and drink in the different countries you visit. Some of my favourite places to eat in Malaysia are the seafood markets. In the bustling town of … Continue reading

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SAFE Project revisited

For most of the last two years I have lived and worked in the rainforest in Sabah, Malaysia, helping to set up the Stability of Altered Forest Ecosystems (SAFE) Project. The SAFE Project takes advantage of an 8000-hectare area of … Continue reading

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Counting butterflies at Madingley

Walking along a sunny woodland path and counting the number of butterflies that fly in front of you doesn’t sound like cutting-edge science, but if enough people across the country do this each year, then these records can provide vital … Continue reading

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