Category: Book Review

Irish Inspiration series – Maude Jane Delap

By Donal Griffin @donalgriffin88   Fortunately for this mini blog series, Irish inspiration in the form of famous or even forgotten scientists and pioneers is not lacking. Suitable candidates from every scientific field abound, from Antarctic exploration, to transatlantic communication to… jellyfish. In the spirit of #Internationaldayofthegirl which passed recently,  I will summarise an excerpt […]

Adventures in the Anthropocene

    By Hannah White @hannah_wht   The opening sentences of many ecology papers have now become a cliché, a declaration of biodiversity loss from climate change/habitat fragmentation/urbanisation (delete as appropriate). The effects of these are huge, not only to biodiversity but to aspects of the environment such as water availability and ocean acidification. Humans […]

A wild life to remember: “Tibet Wild: A Naturalists Journey on the Roof of the world”

By David Tosh  @DavidGTosh Approaching the end of my PhD in 2012, I was worried that my chosen topic of study (ecotoxicology) was going to define my future career path. I enjoyed my PhD but I couldn’t imagine myself wearing a lab coat and grinding fox livers for the rest of my life.  I’m sure […]

The Nature of Crops

  By Jim Provan I suppose I should start this review with a double-disclaimer.  Firstly, I have a background in crop plant genetics, a fact only marginally less embarrassing than possessing a degree in biochemistry!  I did my PhD at the quondam Scottish Crop Research Institute (latterly the James Hutton Institute) on the genetics of […]

“The Way That I Went” by R. Lloyd Praeger (The Collins Press, 2014)

By Jim Provan In the Introduction to her 2011 book The Making Of Ireland’s Landscape Since The Ice Age, Professor Valerie Hall recalls that during several public talks and lectures, she was often asked what books she would recommend on the same or related topics.  “My answer never varied”, she states, “The Way That I […]