I’ve been writing for some time now. I think it probably began with my PhD thesis and papers that stemmed from it (see below). Since those Academic beginnings I’ve written a number of books as well as bits and pieces for magazines. I’m working on some other things at the moment, one of which is a book on animal diversity for the publisher Thames and Hudson (scheduled for release in the middle of 2013).


Ross Piper (Illustrations by Mike Shanahan). Extraordinary Animals: An Encyclopedia of Curious and Unusual Animals. Greenwood Press, Westport, CT 2007. Parts of this book are also available as a Google preview. Mike Shanahan is a friend of mine from my PhD days. Take a look at his blog.

Ross Piper (Illustrations by Renata Cunha and Phil Miller). Extinct Animals: An Encyclopedia of Species That Have Disappeared During Human History. Greenwood Press, Westport, CT. 2009. Renata Cunha is a brilliant artist. You can see some of the illustrations she did for this book here and examples of her other work here.

Ross Piper. Pests: A Guide to the World’s Most Maligned, Yet Misunderstood Creatures. ABC-CLI, Santa Barbara, CA. 2011.

Ross Piper. Extreme Lunch: Life and Death in the Food Chain. A&C Black, London 2008.

Ross Piper. Extreme Survivors: Living in the World’s Most Extreme Places. A&C Black, London. Sept 2009.

Ross Piper. Extreme Survival: Staying Alive in the Wild. A&C Black, London 2008.

Ross Piper. Death Zone: Why Humans Can’t Survive at 8000m. A&C Black, London 2008.

Ross Piper. Fingerprint Wizards: The Secrets of Forensic Science. A&C Black, London 2008.

Scientific Publications

  • Piper, R.W., Compton, S.G., Rasplus J-Y. and Piry, S. (2001) The species status of Cathormiocerus britannicus. An endemic, endangered weevil. Biological Conservation, 101, 9-13. PDF.
  • Piper, R.W. & Compton, S.G. (2002) A novel technique for the relocation of concealed insects. Ecological Entomology, 27, 251-253. PDF.
  • Piper, R.W. (2002) The UK distribution, ecology and captive rearing of Cryptocephalus decemmaculatus (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae). Entomologist’s Record and Journal of Variation, 114, 123-127.
  • Piper, R.W. & Compton, S.G. (2003) Cryptocephalus sub-populations. Geographically close but genetically far. Diversity and Distributions, 9, 29-42. PDF.
  • Piper, R.W. (2003) A novel technique for the individual marking of smaller insects. Entomologia Experimentalis et Applicata, 106 (2), 155. PDF.
  • Piper R.W. & Compton, S.G.A. (2004) Notes on the UK distribution, ecology and captive rearing of Cryptocephalus nitidulus (L.) (Col., Chrysomelidae). Entomologist’s Monthly Magazine, 140, 267-271
  • Piper, R.W. & Williams, I.H. (2004) Incidence and feeding activity of epigeic, predatory invertebrates within winter oilseed rape in the UK with comparisons between integrated and conventional crop management. Bulletin IOBC/wprs Integrated Control in Oilseed Crops 27(10) 283-290
  • Barari, H., Ferguson, A.W., Piper, R.W., Smitm, E., Quicke, D.L.J. & Williams, I.H. (2005). The separation of two hymenopteran parasitoids, Tersilochus obscurator and Tersilochus microgaster (Ichneumonidae), of stem-mining pests of winter oilseed rape using DNA, morphometric and ecological data. Bulletin of Entomological Research, 95 (4), 299-307
  • Piper, R (2007). Nest building and prey stocking in Crossocerus megacephalus (Rossius) (Hym.: Sphecidae). Ent. Rec. & J.Var.119 (2), 58
  • Piper, R (2010). Enemies of figwort weevils Cionus sp. (Col.: Curculionidae). Ent. Rec. & J.Var. 122 (2), 84-86
  • Piper, R (2010). Population size and dispersal ability of Cryptocephalus nitidulus (Linnaeus, 1758 ) (Col.: Chrysomelidae). Ent. Rec. & J.Var. 122, 257-264. PDF

Reports in the public domain

  • Burgess, P.J., Incoll, L.D., Hart, B.J., Beaton, A., Piper, R.W., Seymour, I., Reynolds, F.H., Wright, C., Pilbeam, D.J. and Graves, A.R., (2003). The impact of silvoarable agroforestry with poplar on farm profitability and biological diversity. Final report to DEFRA AF0105, 73
  • Piper, R.W. & Hodge, P.J. (2002) Known Cryptocephalus coryli, C. decemmaculatus and C. nitidulus sites. Their history, characteristics and recommendations for management. English Nature research reports, No. 468. English Nature, Peterborough, UK
  • Piper, R.W. & Hodge, P.J. (2002) The rare species of UK Cryptocephalus. English Nature research reports, No. 469. English Nature, Peterborough, UK

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