Ecologist - Writer - Photographer


Reviewing recent reports and events relevant to rhino and wildlife crime, my latest article for The Conversation for World Rhino Day 2018: Rhino horn must become a socially unacceptable product in Asia.

'Walking in the footsteps of dinosaurs' published by Earth Archives, Fossils and Evolution. I intend to post an Isle of Skye image gallery sometime - so please revisit in the coming days to see more photos of the site, and perhaps some more toy dinosaurs...

My analysis of Nature Communications paper regarding assisted reproductive technology applied to white rhino: Hybrid embryos raise hope of resurrecting northern white rhino – but what’s the point?, published by The Conversation.

Following on from my recent de-extinction article, I was recently interviewed by New York Times about the issues surrounding resurrection of the northern white rhinoceros, read more in the article: Scientists See Promise in Resurrecting These Rhinos That Are Nearly Extinct.

My latest article on rhino published in the wake of the death of Sudan, the last male northern white rhinoceros: The Northern White Rhino Should Not Be Brought Back to Life, published in The Conversation.

Popular Science article, The Skye dinosaur footprint vandal: Lessons for assault on U.S. National Monuments, published by EarthArchives, Fossils and Evolution. Republish by Palaeocast here. Accompanying Blog entry: here.

The Future of Scotland's Landscape: Geology and Biodiversity is the Guest Blog on ReWildScotland.

Global Greed is Driving the Rhino to Extinction published in The Times for World Rhino Day 2017. Visit my Rhino Gallery for more info, articles, images, videos and links on rhino.

A conservation assessment of Mungos mungo. From The Red List of Mammals of South Africa, Swaziland and Lesotho. Published online by South African National Biodiversity Institute and Endangered Wildlife Trust, South Africa.

In defence of the grey squirrel, Britain’s most unpopular invader, published in The Conversation. To see images of red and grey squirrels visit my Scotland's Squirrels Photo Gallery.

Dawn of 'Trumpocene' era spells disaster for world's primates, published in The Conversation to coincide with the opening of Monkey Business at the National Museum of Scotland. Accompanying Blog entry, All Primates Great and Small, posted here.

‘Medical tourism’ to South Africa will only drive rhino closer to extinction, published in The Conversation. For World Rhino Day 2016 and CoP17 (the CITES conference: Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora).

IUCN Species Account for Banded Mongoose (Mungos mungo) published online by International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources.

Outdoor Photography Magazine article and photos: Collecting Memories (July 2016) - a story about what happened when my Canon and Land Rover clashed in Uganda.

Discover Wildlife republish BBC Wildlife Magazine article (May 2016): Unusual alliance between warthogs and mongooses by Stuart Blackman.

Civil war among the mongooses... and why it’s all about sexual success published via The Conversation. The Daily Mail covers the story in: Cuddly mongooses wage civil WARS: Normally close-knit families are torn apart in shrieking battles... and it's all about sex.

Video added re. mongoose research: BBC Vets in the Wild Uganda 1999.

To Trade or Not to Trade (in Rhino Horn)? published in Biosphere Magazine. You can view the article here, or in the Magazine Articles+ section. Only a Jurassic Park-style intervention can now save the northern white rhino published in THE CONVERSATION on rhino conservation. Also check out my previous Conversation articles, Spy-cam rhinos to take on poachers with devices hidden in their horns, and Chopping Off the Rhino's Horn and the War on Wildlife Crime.

You can view a photo slideshow of images taken during rhino capture and de-horning, and videos featuring GoPro footage of darting and processing rhino @ my Rhino! page.


This website features articles from my portfolios of research and nature writing, and wildlife, landscape, and travel images.

The Research section introduces my ecological research on banded mongooses, chimpanzees, grey mouse lemurs, social spiders, and South African game animals.

In the Magazine Articles+ section, you can view pdfs of popular science articles that I wrote for BBC Wildlife Magazine (Small is Beautiful; the Grey Mouse Lemur), BBC Knowledge Magazine (A Family Matter; the Grey Mouse Lemur), and Africa Geographic Magazine (When the Sun Goes Down; on camera trapping in South Africa), alongside pdf material on mongooses from mammal encyclopedia that I have contributed to, including link to IUCN banded mongoose species account, and recent online articles on primate conservation, civil war in banded mongooses, a different take on the grey squirrel, and numerous articles on rhino poaching and de-extinction for The Conversation. You will also find letters and images published in Outdoor Photography in this section. My most recent popular science articles are a Guest Blog for ReWildScotland on The Future of Scotland's Landscape, and articles on the dinosaur footprints of the Isle of Skye, one linking vandalism of dinosaur footprints on the Isle of Skye to cutting of protected areas in USA, the other considering how science enables us to re-imagine a past ecosystem, both in the Fossils and Evolution theme of Earth Archives.

Geographically, the nature images presented in the Photo Galleries hail from Madagascar and South Africa, with a suite of travel-themed galleries from Scotland. My images focus on capturing the beauty and awe that the natural world inspires (I am an Ecologist). I also have an interest in Scottish history, and I therefore indulge my passion for Scottish castles, among other things in additional galleries. The Photo Galleries also features images from a trip to Kerala, India, Colours of Kerala (India), and roadtrip with hiking in Croatia, Republika Hrvatska: Croatia.

Special galleries include the Rhino! gallery. I have added this gallery because rhinoceros are in trouble and in desperate need of conservation (or in need of desperate conservation). It would be a travesty for us to lose any of these largest and most iconic of the Planet’s mammals. We need to be aware of the issues and I hope that the Rhino! page contributes to that awareness. The gallery features images of white rhinoceros (Ceratotherum simum); which is currently enduring unsustainable population losses to poaching for rhino horn. I have been lucky enough to be up-close with rhino and my images aim to capture the character of these magnificent beasts.

The Camera Trap gallery features images of South African wildlife, including buffalo, roan, jackal and wildcat.

The Scotland Galleries feature portfolios focused on Scottish Wildlife, Landscapes, Travel, and Castles. In Scottish Wildlife, you will meet the natural heritage of Scotland; birds, mammals, insects, plants and flowers. Scottish Landscapes presents highlights of Scotland’s iconic scenery; hills, mountains, rivers, lochs, and the sea. The Scotland Travel portfolio features a selection of images from crofts to Highland cattle. The Scottish Castles portfolio tours some of our built heritage; medieval castles of the clans that continue to stand proud and fortresses that are slowly crumbling into the landscape over which they have stood for centuries. Scotland in Monochrome presents a potpourri from the nation in black and white photos. The Joppa Whale gallery features images of the Sperm Whale (Physeter macrocephalus) which recently washed up on Portobello Beach, Edinburgh and attracted a lot of public and media attention between beaching to post-mortem. The Ardnamurchan gallery features images of wildlife and landscape taken from this quietly beautiful area of north-west Scotland (Lochaber and the Lochaber Geopark). The Scotland Winter Wonderland portfolio presents photographs of snow, ice, and frost.

The Madagascar Wildlife gallery introduces photographs of some of the east African island’s unique and wondrous biodiversity; including lemurs, the fossa, exotic birds, fish, amphibians, and reptiles.

The South Africa Wildlife gallery concentrates on images of the less famous members of the country’s game animals, where, amongst others, you can meet a mechanical knight (the armoured corn cricket), and the invisi-bok (steenbok).

The Animalia gallery features photographs taken in captivity. These images tend to be more artistic, or I use the opportunity to get a more intimate portrait of the subject animal.

I get even more artistic in the Abstracts gallery, where I aim to capture in a photo the atmosphere of a place or character of the subject in an interesting manner.

Please enjoy the articles and photographs, and revisit the site. The website will be updated as regularly as I can manage, with new images and galleries added. See the News & Updates section. A new Blog entry will post monthly [I will try].

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