Cain, Joe

Head of Department, and
Professor of History and Philosophy of Biology

Prof Cain's research interests include the history of evolutionary studies, Darwin and Darwinism, history of science in London, history of natural history and natural history films.
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0207 679 3041 (UK)
+442076793041 (intl)
Twitter: @profjoecain

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Term 2 office hours: Tuesdays 2-3, Thursdays 3-4 and by appointment

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equipment available for loan: students

STS has a collection of recording equipment available for loan to STS students for academic purposes. Contact <>.

Before we loan any equipment, we must be confident protocols are in place for ethical data collection and data protection. Discuss this with your tutor.

Find out more about data protection (link)

Find out more about ethics of data collection (link)

A request to borrow equipment should come through your module tutor. For instance, if you're recording a podcast for Prof Miller, then he should pass your name to the STS admin team so they know you'll contact them. Then, you should stop into the STS Office to book a reservation.

Marantz PMD-620

  1. specification (pdf)
  2. manual (pdf)
  3. loan sheet (pdf)

This digital recorder has excellent sensitivity and is easy to use. Records MP3 and WAV files.

Runs on 2xAA batteries or AC power.


Olympus WS-320M Dictaphone

  1. brochure (pdf)
  2. Olympus product page (Web)
  3. loan sheet (pdf)

This digital recorder has good sensitivity and is easy to use. Records MP3 and DSS files. Designed for use as a dictaphone, this is best used in cases where you want to capture one person's voice.

Runs on 1xAAA battery.


JVC video camera

  1. specification (pdf)
  2. manual (pdf)
  3. loan sheet (pdf)

This is a simple and easy to use digital recorder. Runs on a battery provided (requires charging, so plan ahead) or AC power.


Ipad mini

1. loan sheet (pdf)

16Gb ipad
This iPad is available for data collecting purposes and for use in film projects.
Students cannot add software without permission.

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Professor Joe Cain
UCL Department of Science and Technology Studies