Although I haven’t had a lot of time to dedicate to Herpetology so far in 2014 I have a couple of small-scale projects which will take me back to Greece in the coming months.
Corfu: unfortunately due to scheduling conflicts I won’t be able to conduct my usual work with the Durrell School of Corfu this year but I will be visiting the island in late May to continue my own research on my favourite island together with Bosse and Marie Stille.
Cyclades islands and northern Greek mainland: in June I will return to the Cyclades for an extended visit across a number of different islands including: Santorini, Ios, Sikinos and Milos and possibly others. This will predominantly focus on research of the isolated and differing populations of vipers which occur on these islands together with Carl Corbidge and Stephen Roussos. Stephen has been conducting scientific research on the island populations of Nose-horned vipers (Vipera ammodytes) for a number of years now for his PHD. Following on from this I will travel to the Greek mainland where I will assist Ilias Strachinis with his herpetofauna research, particularly focusing on isolated populations of the Bosnian adder (Vipera berus bosniensis).
The late spring and early summer looks set to be an exciting one, filled with vipers!