James borrell is a conservation scientist and science communicator, with a particular interest in how species adapt to changing climate.
A Year In Review…
Happy New Year!
Huge thanks to everyone who has followed this blog over the past twelve months, and I hope you’ll keep reading into 2012. It’s been a hugely exciting year, so here’s a run down of a few of the highlights:
Right back in February I was lucky enough to be selected as a candidate for the International Scott Centenary Expedition. The aim was to trek across Antarctica to the final resting place of Captain Scott, that great British hero. Being involved was brilliant, I met loads of interesting people, underwent training with the Royal Navy, chatted on the radio and had some nice people write about me. In between I went on a reccy up to Scotland, for the UK based Scott Centenary Sledge Pull. I’m very excited about the centenary, although in the end I wasn’t able to shoot for Antarctica, I’ll be writing a lot more about Captain Scott over the coming months.
This summer I spent a month leading on an expedition to the Peruvian Amazon. Our research is going to be published at the RGS in January, but the good news is that we found a huge amount of interesting wildlife, and in general, populations seem healthy in the Pacaya-Samiria Reserve. We couldn’t quite believe our luck when we saw the photo’s from our remote camera traps! With more hard work conservation in this area should go from strength to strength. You can read about the expedition here and here.
Now I’m enjoying being back in a festive (if a little chilly) England. Preparations, however, are well underway for the next expedition! On the 8th of January we’ll be heading out to Oman in search of the critically endangered Arabian Leopard, and it’s for this cause that I must ask for your help…
The data we plan collect is a small but important part of the work to protect this species, which numbers perhaps less than 200 individuals. But this pales to insignificance when compared to the role that you, the public, can play. With your support we can make a real difference, we can spread the word and help save the ghost of Arabia, before it slips to extinction. I hope that you might have the time to follow our progress on the Expedition Blog.
So in conclusion, thank you to everyone who has read this year. If you’ve enjoyed it then you might like to sign up to my Monthly Email Newsletter, it’ll have the best bits and recent news. Better yet, perhaps you could suggest this site to a friend or two who might enjoy it, I’d really appreciate the support.
James is a highly acclaimed public speaker, delivering keynotes, lectures and debates to a wide range of audiences including students, the public, conservation practioners and scientists. Rather than further polarizing already divisive conservation topics, James aims to explain the complexity and nuance of conservation. What we choose to do over the next five decades, will profoundly influence the diversity of life on eath for the next 5 million years. It’s never been a more important, or more exciting time to be a conservationist.
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