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James Borrell is a conservation scientist, and science communicator with a passion for adventurous expeditions and conservation fieldwork.

He has been involved with a variety of research expeditions, from the Peruvian Amazon to the Dhofar Mountains and more. James is an accomplished public speaker and writer having spoken at TEDx and been published in The Biologist and The Guardian. He is also a keen advocate of ‘Citizen Science‘ and founder of Discover Conservation believing that science and adventure go hand in hand.

James runs this website, with a focus on encouraging young conservationists. He blogs about expeditions, motivation, adventure and how to get involved. He writes a monthly newsletter with the most popular articles and news. Find out more about James or get in touch.

Expedition Angano

In December 2015 James led a team of international scientists on an expedition to a remote part of Northern Madagascar. Here, in collaboration local conservationists, they worked to understand the effects of habitat fragmentation and disturbance on animals communities.

Despite heavy rain and challenging field conditions, the team managed to gather valuable data. This short clip gives an overview of the expedition.

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James is a research fellow interested in conservation genetics and ecology.

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Browse recent expeditions from the Amazon to Africa.

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A variety of resources and articles for aspiring conservationists.

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James has spoken to a wide variety of audiences, find out more.

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