Entomology, chemical ecology, evidence-based environmentalism and science in general. I like big bugs and I cannot lie.

Thursday, 24 November 2011


Well it’s been a while, to start with a bit of a blogging cliché. I took a bit of a break from blogging, and indeed from my PhD and much of my life, because of depression. I was going to write about the depression but then I realised you're here to read about insects and poo (at least I thought you were, though according to my page view statistics you're here to read about Crowded House and David Attenborough). If you really want to know what depression feels like I'd recommend reading this, which has to be one of the most heartbreaking things featuring pasta I've ever seen.

So I’m back at university, and I’m just about coping, and I’m going to see how far I can go. I want to get what I’ve done out there so it can be useful, and I’m assured that some of it would be publishable quality with a little bit more work, even if I have trouble believing that myself. Whether or not I go on to try for a PhD is a question for the future. I think that the focus of this blog will change a bit though; concentrating on my PhD to the exclusion of everything else probably contributed to my sprained brain, so I’m going to aim to write some more general entomological posts, reminding myself why I love this subject in all its multilegged glory in the first place. Hence the name change; I won't be doing any more fieldwork, and Geek in South West London doesn't have much of a ring to it.