James Borrell is a biodiversity scientist and science communicator researching how people and nature can adapt to environmental change.

Does Conservation Work? || Future Challenges for Exploration || James Borrell

I first attended Explore as a green, keen, undergraduate. It was one of the best things I ever did, and I’m very luck now to call some of the regular attendees my friends. This year – the 40th anniversary! – I was chuffed to be asked to give a Friday night lecture.

This was a big deal for me. It’s not just a chance to get on stage and talk about yourself or your opinions, it’s a chance to stand in front of some of the most highly motivated, passionate and adventurous folks in the country. To have and hold their attention for twenty minutes, is a rare opportunity. I chose to speak about conservation and how far we’ve come. I hope I used it wisely.

A huge thank you to the Royal Geographical Society for inviting me, and huge kudos to Emily, Tom and Oliver who gave fantastic talks too.

A big thank you also, to Tom Brooks of the IUCN, who spoke so eloquently on the Cebu Flowerpecker at the SCCS 2016. He helped me track down the counterfactuals data presented in this talk.

Lastly, make sure you attend Explore next year.