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I work as an Associate Lecturer. When not teaching or walking, I research the of and and I'll post about that here. I've just finished writing my 'Atlas of Early Modern Wildlife', out in June and this month I have been working on a research project on pine trees and yew trees in , and a translation of an Scottish natural history text out of . 🌲📚

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If you traveled back 250-500 years what could you see near you? After a four year research project, I can tell you the answer in Britain and Ireland and it is quite exciting! (🐺​🐆​🐰​🦈​​🦐​🐍​)!

My Atlas of Early Modern Wildlife will be published in June, but I have special permission to share some of my findings before that, so I will be releasing one map each month here. Here is a list of previously released ones:

The oldest #chameleon you’re ever likely to see. This is a #specimen from the 18th century Danish Kunstkammer, making it around 250 years old. It is in remarkably good condition!
#naturalhistory #herpetology #science

Did you know? Originally a wild flower growing in Central Asia, tulips were first cultivated in Turkey around 1000 AD. The flowers were introduced into Western Europe and the Netherlands in the late 16th century, most likely by a biologist from Vienna.

My work -

#mastodon #mastoart #mastodonart #art #artist #artwork #tulips #flowers #watercolor #watercolour #floralart #AYearForArt #artmatters #wallart #LoveArt #love #pink #stilllife #painting #homedecor #JanuaryJoy

Outside of the woods the ground is still covered in ice, and most of the trees still don't have their leaves, but this bit of the mountain felt a bit green and cheerful today! 🌳❄

Have LED lights reduced #LightPollution, or have things gotten worse because of blue light emissions? We have the answer, and it's not good news...

#Tootorial 🧵 below, full methodology and results new in @sciencemagazine
: #ScienceResearch

I've just finished giving a seminar at the Animal History Group about my project mapping the wild animals of Britain and Ireland in the 16th-18th centuries! It absolutely flew by for me but it was so nice to see some people that I knew! :abunhdhappyhop: If anyone would like to hear more I will be giving another free presentation on this Saturday as part of the Gwent-Glamorgan Recorders Forum at 10:30AM GMT+0! 💚​

How to sell a #broadside in early modern Germany?

Have a look at this single-sheet print of 1675 and discover a story of mice in battle formation including a religious comment. A thread for #bookhistory, #mediahistory and #animalhistory. #histodons #history

Access the print here:


Typically by the time a #species gets listed by USFWS or NOAA, it is on the brink of #extinction. There is a backlog of applications, and USFWS has been successfully sued by nonprofits such as the Center for Biological Diversity to clear up the backlog. When a species is listed, critical #habitat is also designated. And announcements about listings must be published in the Federal Register so the public can comment.


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Next Wednesday evening (1900 GMT+0) I'll be giving a free academic seminar on my soon-to-be-released book (The Atlas of Early Modern Wildlife)! I'll be covering why Britain and Ireland's pre-industrial natural history data is so reliable, how I map historical records, and how you can tell the difference between when a species was unrecorded and when it was truly absent. Come nerd out with me! :alphys:​😻​ Register here -

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Where I live now, eagles seem impossibly mythic birds, but according to my research, just 250-500 years ago White-tailed Eagles (or Sea Eagles) were widespread around the coasts of Britain and Ireland. The last native White-tailed Eagle was only shot in 1918! 🌬
But this is not the end of the story. The eagles are reintroduced on Mull, Wester Ross and Fife in Scotland, Killarney NP in Co Kerry and now the Isle of Wight in England. Please post pics if you see one! 🦅💚

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Yamaguchi Sekkei: Lions and Tigers in Peony and Bamboo

• Pair of six-panel folding screens
• Ink and color on gilded paper
• 149 × 330 cm (each screen)
• Edo period, 1668
• The Cleveland Museum of Art

#japan #japanese #art #artofmastodon #arthistory #japaneseart #japanesearthistory #artfromjapan #edo #japanesepainting

More on the limits of ChatGPT. One of the key points, which I also discovered when noodling around, is that the bot makes stuff up when it doesn't know something, so that anyone with detailed knowledge of a field is likely to notice immediately if a student submission is chatbot generated.

🧪 #Science
🦕 #Naturalhistory
🦭 #Nature

'Londoner solves 20,000-year Ice Age drawings mystery - determines that cave paintings included lunar calendar information about the fertility of different animal species'

This is a remarkable discovery for a professional but for an amateur. Simply wow. Well done, Mr Bacon.

Ok, this is cool: a team of biologists worked out that turtles can talk. The hatchlings even talk to each other in the egg to coordinate their hatching. Turtle talk is at frequencies not very audible for humans and it can take hours for some species to reply to each other.

“Had we had a bit more expansive imaginations, we might have caught this earlier,” said Karen Bakker, a fellow at Harvard’s Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study.

My 1st (unfiltered) pass in #mapping #English #PlaceNames taking the form ‘X-on/upon-river Y’ (e.g. Stratford-on-Avon). Data (158 names) incl. both surviving & ‘lost’ names, with dates of 1st reference ranging from 900-1983! The distribution is intriguing, espec. the absence of names in the S & E, as is the tendency for names to cluster. Only named rivers drawn. Now time to slice, dice, & play. Your thoughts welcomed. #Medieval #EarlyModern #Names #EnvHist #Histodon #HistGeog #Rivers #Maps

Hi, I do #naturewriting to highlight wonder & aliveness in the world. In a Nature-Spirit #podcast I use #history and #naturespirituality to make sense of current #ecocrises. My first book, Kissed by a Fox, won the WILLA Award in #creativenonfiction. It’s #memoir punctuated by cultural story—how Euro-world came to think of nature as lacking. My second book, Tamed by a Bear, is a journal of one year in a #spiritualpractice of #natureconnection. Centering more-than-human voices. #Introduction

New Year's is coming! Parties! Fun! Hangovers! And of course, you'll want to cure your hangover in the most medieval way!

The internet will tell you that eating raw eels was a traditional medieval cure. Sweet! To the store!

Hold on there, hos.

This was NOT a traditional medieval remedy. Eel blood is toxic to mammals. It causes very bad reactions in mucus membranes, & induces intestinal distress. Enough can prove fatal.

Curiously, otters don't seem bothered by this.
#Eels #Otters #History

My strange winter habit is to read something about (they are hibernating right now and I miss them! 💚​)
I found this paper today called 'Great capricorn beetle-created corridors as refuges for lizards'
It describes how common lizards, sand lizards and slow worms use the holes (corridors) bored by gc beetles for predator evasion, as well as maybe hunting, thermoregulation and hibernating. Another reason to have a log pile! 🦎🎄​​

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