James borrell is a conservation scientist and science communicator, with a particular interest in how species adapt to changing climate.
Friday Photo: Blue Wildebeest
Yesterday, for the first time in two months, I woke up in frosty England, a world away from Africa. Having grown up in the urban wilderness of North Essex, the sheer size and abundance of game roaming the fields struck me as wonderful and unfamiliar in equal measure. Unfortunately, tourists are directed straight to the big 5, and in doing so they miss so much. The image below is of a herd of majestic Blue Wildebeest, Connochaetes taurinus, stampeding before the vehicle. They’re often affectionately referred to as Lion food, but this will always remain as one of my favorite images from the entire trip.
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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.
“It was refreshing to have a speaker who talked with such passion”
City of London Freemen's
“Interesting, informative and pitched at exactly the right level for our students.”
Academic summer school
“You had the audience hanging off your every word.”
“You gave a splendid talk – cogent, passionate, clear and compelling.”