James borrell is a conservation scientist and science communicator, with a particular interest in how species adapt to changing climate.

Mountains and Molehills

If you’re tired or hungry or fruitlessly laboring, it’s easy to make mountains out of mole hills. Take a baking hot climate, the bitter cold, or just a busy office, and your tolerance threshold might be lower than normal. That’s why on the top of any expedition kit list is a sense of humour, with several spares. It’s saved the day on a number of occasions.


Pimms O'clock!

With temperatures topping 36 degrees even by 9.30am, and half a lake left to survey, emergency measures were called for. An imaginary Pimm’s O’Clock.

Trendy Camel

A camel willing to wear my cap might raise the odd ethical issue, but brought much needed comic relief after a hard mornings hike.

Dung Beetle
Sometimes the situation demands you take a dung beetle to the face.