I am an herpetologist, with a specialist interest in venomous snakes, who works on zoological inventories, snakebite research (for the Australian Venom Research Unit) and other fieldwork, primarily in the tropics. As a television presenter I hosted "O'Shea's Big Adventure" on Animal Planet/Discovery and other films for other channels. I hold the position of Consultant Curator of Reptiles of Reptiles at West Midland Safari Park, Worcestershire, UK, when I am in the country, and have authored five books, contributed to several others and am a keen photographer and public speaker. In 2000 I was awarded one of only nine Millennium Awards (mine for services to zoology) by the British Chapter of the Explorers' Club of New York. I am fascinated by island biogeography, a branch of biology originating from Alfred Russel Wallace's "Malay Archipelago" (1869) and pioneered by Robert MacArthur and E.O.Wilson's "The Theory of Island Biogeography" (1967). I think this combines my love of wildlife (esp. reptiles) with my late father's love of maps, and my late mother's love of travel. I find it difficult to go anywhere without a purpose and have not taken a holiday since 1989, all my travel is work related, but I love my work.
My Favorite Places:
Papua New Guinea, Australia (anywhere in the Outback), Brazil, Dorset (UK), small islands inhabited by venomous snakes