James borrell is a conservation scientist and science communicator, with a particular interest in how species adapt to changing climate.
The plant explorers of Kew Gardens
For a biologist, living in London has it’s disadvantages – the hustle and bustle, the rat race, the big smoke! Surely then, conceivably the best place to work would be in a botanic garden. Luckily London has just the place – Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. I’ve been working here for the past year, but more on that another time.
The difficult thing for Kew, is that the gardens are so immaculate and wonderful, that everyone thinks Kew is just a nice garden. In fact, Kew has more scientists working behind the scenes than it does horticultural staff, and here’s a taster of what they do.
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.”