Thomas Endlein – Tropical Rainforests
Boyd Orr Building – Room 513 (Lecture Theatre D)
Thomas Endlein is an expert in insect and amphibian biomechanics, traveller and science photographer. Here’s what he says about his talk for Zoological Society:
“My passion for nature has started me studying Biology and at the same time using a camera to document nature. Very quickly, the knowledge I gained from biology helped me to see nature differently and shaped my photography dramatically. In return, photography opened up different ways for me seeing nature and the world in general. I am currently employed as a research associate in the workgroup of Dr Jon Barnes at the University of Glasgow. We are working on the biomechanics of tree frog adhesion, i.e. we are trying to understand how animals walk and climb using adhesive pads. Our research on frogs has given me fantastic opportunities to visit the rainforests in Brunei (Borneo) and Trinidad (West Indies).
Of all the places I have visited so far, the rainforests impressed me the most. The diversity of wildlife there is simply dazzling. However, in many places, hunting and logging has made the animals shy and rare, others live either high up in the canopy, are well camouflaged or nocturnal. More than often, the knowledge I gained from being a biologist has helped me to discover interesting animals and often encouraged me to wait for specific behaviours to occur. I also try to show the subjects in an interesting light, from an unusual perspective or by highlighting their shapes or colour. This way even ordinary subjects will look extraordinary. To me, the rainforest is not about the big and spectacular wildlife anyway, but is more about the little things, like the frogs, the insects, the leaves, the colours and the shapes. In a rainforest, everything intermingles to form a truly magnificent and unique place.”
After the talk all members are welcome to join us for wine and cheese in the Zoology Museum.