Dr Neil Furey: “My first few years in Vietnam were spent leading 10-week research expeditions in remote mountainous areas in the north and writing up the results”

Dr Neil Furey’s career straddles the world of academe, conservation and consultancy in southeast Asia. Currently a consultant biologist and chief edit(...)

European visitors numbers grew to 36 per cent of the market last year from just 7 per cent in 1970. They also accounted for 36 per cent of spending last year. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The State’s tourism agencies need to focus more of their marketing efforts on mainland Europe than on Britain, according to a leading academic and bo(...)

Ireland’s Nicci Daly in action against the United States.  “Motor racing and hockey . .  They’re not jobs, they’re my hobbies, my passions.” Photograph: David Aliaga/Inpho

Nicci Daly is hardly a stranger to making difficult choices in her sporting life. Back in 2009 that she was playing for the Dublin women’s senior foot(...)

Lumbricus terrestrism draws leaves down. Illustration: Michael Viney

The return of the wind reminded the trees it was autumn, whether or not they were ready to let their leaves fall. The beech stays stubborn, already(...)

After the referendum defeat, Alex Salmond said it was time for a new leader who could now take the devolution process forward. Photograph: PA

For Scottish leader Alex Salmond, the journey started with tales from his granddad about repelling the English invaders in the 14th century. It ended (...)

A man reacts yesterday at a site hit by what activists said was an air raid by forces loyal to Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad, in the Duma neighbourhood of Damascus. Photograph: Bassam Khabieh/Reuters

The longer chemical weapons inspectors wait in a Damascus luxury hotel for permission to drive up the road to the site of what appears to be the worst(...)