James Borrell is a biodiversity scientist and science communicator researching how people and nature can adapt to environmental change.
Escape the Zoo: Conservation and Optimism
The rabbit warren of securing research funding has meant I largely neglected science communication for the past few months. Writing well is hard, writing articles people will actually read is even harder! So it’s wonderful when nice people do a lot of the hard work for you, thanks Dan.
A few weeks ago it was my pleasure to talk all things conservation and optimism with Dan Clarke who runs a great long form podcast series called ‘Escape the Zoo‘. Despite having done a few podcasts recently, I don’t know much about actually presenting and processing a podcast – so I was immediately impressed by the big shiny microphone hanging infront of Dan when we connected in skype. He clearly means business!
P. S. The picture of the dude with the tiny chameleon is actually my good pal Lawrence Ball, he’s better looking, but we get mixed up a lot – mainly because we’ve worked together so much that he’s plastered all over this website. Check him out…
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.
“Interesting, informative and pitched at exactly the right level for our students.”
Academic summer school
“It was refreshing to have a speaker who talked with such passion”
City of London Freemen's
“You had the audience hanging off your every word.”
“You gave a splendid talk – cogent, passionate, clear and compelling.”