James Borrell is a biodiversity scientist and science communicator researching how people and nature can adapt to environmental change.
Friday Photo: Rain in the Amazon
We visited the Amazon in the dry season. Every day the water levels in the lakes and rivers would drop several inches, as daytime temperatures soared to the high thirties. Nevertheless, it’s called the rainforest because it rains, and when it rains it pours. It’s a difficult thing to photograph, because rain and cameras don’t mix very well. This was the best shot I could get from the wimpish shelter of a leaky grass roof.
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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.
“You had the audience hanging off your every word.”
“You gave a splendid talk – cogent, passionate, clear and compelling.”
Fellow of the Royal Society,
“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”