James Borrell is a biodiversity scientist and science communicator researching how people and nature can adapt to environmental change.
Friday Photo: Surprising Science
Science is taught in the classroom and practiced in the laboratory. Sometimes you get to have a go in the field. Lab’s are sterile, everything goes (almost) to plan and you meet your objectives. In the field, nothing is ever as expected and it rarely goes to plan. The advantage is that by seeing it first hand you gain a far clearer perspective, linking apparently disconnected factors and learning things that aren’t in the text book. Accidentally, you might become attached to a place, and so strive even harder to protect it. Here’s field science in a nutshell. Cute Gerbils, miniscule reptiles and power hungry laptops around the camp fire.
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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 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
“You had the audience hanging off your every word.”
“It was refreshing to have a speaker who talked with such passion”