Steven is a currently PhD candidate at the University of Kent where his research focuses on the population dynamics of the barred grass snake (Natrix helvetica) and the effects of ophidiomycosis (Ophidiomyces ophiodiicola). Steven holds a BSc Zoology from Anglia Ruskin University and an MRes in Ecology, Evolution and Conservation from Imperial College London. Steven’s main academic interests have been amphibian and reptile population monitoring and the influence of disease. Since 2018 he has been on the council of the British Herpetological Society and is intrinsically linked to amphibian and reptile conservation in the UK.

To learn more about Steven’s research, you can follow him on Twitter (@stevoallain) or visit his personal website.