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Steve started work at the Natural History Museum, London, in 1979 where he curated and researched freshwater insects and lacewings. He later focussed his research on the use of chironomid midges as quantitative indicators of environmental (especially climate) change. He is author of over 250 research publications and has written several books on dragonflies, including a field guide to the British species and, with Philip Corbet, a volume in the New Naturalist series. He is a member of the Conservation Committee of the British Dragonfly Society and is chair of the Riverfly Partnership. He is a Scientific Associate at the Natural History Museum, following his retirement in 2017.

Synopsis:
Chironomids have been shunned by most biologists, however, they have been enthusiastically embraced by geographers and palaeo-ecologists. Steve will reveal how this has come about by reviewing his research on these insects and hopes that by the end of the talk FBA members and fellows will view chironomids more favourably.

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