𝗧𝗵𝗶𝘀 𝘄𝗲𝗲𝗸 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗞𝗭𝗡 𝗠𝘂𝘀𝗲𝘂𝗺 𝘀𝗮𝗶𝗱 𝗳𝗮𝗿𝗲𝘄𝗲𝗹𝗹 𝘁𝗼 𝗼𝗻𝗲 𝗼𝗳 𝗶𝘁𝘀 𝗹𝗼𝗻𝗴𝗲𝘀𝘁 𝘀𝗲𝗿𝘃𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗲𝗺𝗽𝗹𝗼𝘆𝗲𝗲𝘀, 𝗠𝘀 𝗟𝗶𝗻𝗱𝗮 𝗗𝗮𝘃𝗶𝘀. 𝗟𝗶𝗻𝗱𝗮 𝗵𝗮𝘀 𝘄𝗼𝗿𝗸𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘄𝗶𝘁𝗵 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗺𝗼𝗹𝗹𝘂𝘀𝗰 𝗰𝗼𝗹𝗹𝗲𝗰𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝟮𝟵 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗮 𝗵𝗮𝗹𝗳 𝘆𝗲𝗮𝗿𝘀, 𝗿𝗲𝘁𝗶𝗿𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗷𝘂𝘀𝘁 𝘀𝗵𝘆 𝗼𝗳 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝟯𝟬 𝘆𝗲𝗮𝗿 𝗺𝗮𝗿𝗸. 𝗔 𝗰𝗮𝗿𝗲𝗲𝗿 𝗼𝗳 𝘁𝗵𝗶𝘀 𝗹𝗲𝗻𝗴𝘁𝗵 𝗵𝗮𝘀 𝗵𝗶𝗴𝗵𝘀 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗹𝗼𝘄𝘀, 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗟𝗶𝗻𝗱𝗮 𝗿𝗲𝗺𝗶𝗻𝗶𝘀𝗰𝗲𝗱 𝘁𝗵𝗶𝘀 𝘄𝗲𝗲𝗸 𝗮𝗯𝗼𝘂𝘁 𝘀𝗼𝗺𝗲 𝗼𝗳 𝗵𝗲𝗿 𝗵𝗶𝗴𝗵𝗹𝗶𝗴𝗵𝘁𝘀:
I think the ultimate highlight during my time at the Museum was the trip Dai Herbert and I made to Madagascar in May/June 2005. We were invited to go on a collecting trip which comprised travelling down the Mahavavy River between the villages of Kandreho and Sitampiky - a distance of about 120 kms in rubber Zodiac boats. We were able to stop and collect wherever we felt would be a good spot to try.
We collaborated with Mary Cole of the East London Museum and had many memorable field trips to the Eastern and Western Cape. A highlight for me was finding Afrorhytida on the farm Wedgeley just outside the cottage we were staying in - it turned out to be a new species.
On a field trip I found a nudibranch Baeolidia moebii in one of the rock pools, it proved to be a new record for South Africa.
I've always regarded seeing my illustrations for scientific papers appearing in print especially when it's a large paper and has taken many hours to do the illustrations as a highlight.
𝘓𝘪𝘯𝘥𝘢 𝘮𝘰𝘴𝘵𝘭𝘺 𝘧𝘰𝘤𝘶𝘴𝘦𝘥 𝘰𝘯 𝘤𝘢𝘳𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘤𝘰𝘭𝘭𝘦𝘤𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯, 𝘣𝘶𝘵 𝘥𝘪𝘥 𝘯𝘰𝘵 𝘴𝘩𝘺 𝘢𝘸𝘢𝘺 𝘧𝘳𝘰𝘮 𝘤𝘰𝘯𝘵𝘳𝘪𝘣𝘶𝘵𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘵𝘰 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘴𝘤𝘪𝘦𝘯𝘵𝘪𝘧𝘪𝘤 𝘰𝘶𝘵𝘱𝘶𝘵𝘴 𝘰𝘧 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘮𝘶𝘴𝘦𝘶𝘮. 𝘍𝘪𝘯𝘥𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘶𝘯𝘥𝘦𝘴𝘤𝘳𝘪𝘣𝘦𝘥 𝘴𝘱𝘦𝘤𝘪𝘦𝘴 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘯𝘦𝘸 𝘳𝘦𝘤𝘰𝘳𝘥𝘴 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘤𝘰𝘶𝘯𝘵𝘳𝘺 𝘤𝘰𝘯𝘵𝘳𝘪𝘣𝘶𝘵𝘦𝘴 𝘵𝘰 𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘬𝘯𝘰𝘸𝘭𝘦𝘥𝘨𝘦 𝘰𝘧 𝘣𝘪𝘰𝘥𝘪𝘷𝘦𝘳𝘴𝘪𝘵𝘺, 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘪𝘮𝘱𝘳𝘰𝘷𝘦𝘴 𝘤𝘰𝘯𝘴𝘦𝘳𝘷𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯 𝘪𝘯 𝘚𝘰𝘶𝘵𝘩 𝘈𝘧𝘳𝘪𝘤𝘢.
𝗦𝗵𝗲 𝘄𝗶𝗹𝗹 𝗯𝗲 𝗺𝗶𝘀𝘀𝗲𝗱 𝗶𝗻 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗺𝘂𝘀𝗲𝘂𝗺, 𝗯𝘂𝘁 𝗵𝗮𝘀 𝗽𝗿𝗼𝗺𝗶𝘀𝗲𝗱 𝘁𝗼 𝘃𝗶𝘀𝗶𝘁 𝘂𝘀 𝗼𝗳𝘁𝗲𝗻.