Mark O’Shea – MBE
In this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours List ex IHS President Professor Mark O’Shea has been recognised for his services to Higher Education, Zoology, Reptile Conservation and Snakebite Research by the award of an MBE.
Mark has been a member of the society for many years, serving on the committee as both Chairman and Vice Chairman, and has spoken at numerous of our events including our 50th Anniversary celebration last year.
Mark is currently the Professor of Herpetology at Wolverhampton University but is more widely known for his writing, photography and TV appearances as well as for the many years he worked as Curator of Reptiles at West Midlands Safari Park.
As a long-time friend and fellow Wolverhampton Polytechnic graduate I would like to add my personal congratulations to Mark for the work that he has done for the society in promoting herpetology and more widely his research into snake bite and anti-venom production.
Dave Arnold – IHS Chairman