The Empty Quarter

In early 2012 I led the scientific fieldwork on a two month expedition to the Empty Quarter and Dhofar Mountains of Southern Oman. Here our team worked in collaboration with Omani rangers, scientists and students to understand and survey the biodiversity of this unique and threatened area. We were also fortunate to find evidence of the critically endangered Arabian Leopard, a species thought to number less than 250 individuals scattered across Arabia.

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Camera trap footage from the Dhofar Mountains

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I’m quite proud of our work in Oman, we went really not knowing very much, but it turned out wonderfully in the end. We worked (and are still working) on a lot of projects..

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Omani Tea

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The first thing you notice about Oman, is how welcoming everyone is. The second thing, is that it’s very, very hot. That’s probably why everyone is so utterly chilled out and relaxed..

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Friday Photo: Surprising Science

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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

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Friday Photo: The Desert in Black & White

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Here’s an image from the Empty Quarter. I’m not old fashioned enough to take photographs in black & white, and considering that by nature the desert is quite simple and plain..

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On Geodes: Geology and Philosophy

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We had been bouncing along in the 4×4’s since first light. Progressively the road turned from tarmac to gravel to sand, and then with the minarets of Al Hashman fading back into the heat haze..

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Dragon Hunting in Oman

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Sometimes science seems boring. It can be difficult to connect the apparently disparate effort in the field, to the long term goals and achievements.

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Anywhere in the world

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“Anywhere else in the world, and there would be a hotel here.” Terry said to me one day, as we stood watching the waves breaking. The huge imposing cliffs of the Dhofar Mountains stood behind us, one of the last refuges of the Arabian Leopard..

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Camera Trap Images from Oman

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It’s been a month since we arrived back at Heathrow, weary from the expedition, but elated at how much we managed to achieve in that time..

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The British Schools Exploring Society will be leading a return expedition to Oman in 2013, this will attempt to build on our current knowledge and further the conservation effort underway. There are a number of places available on this expedition, find out more.

Available for Speaking Events:

James is currently available to speak about the Empty Quarter Expedition and the challenges facing conservation in Oman. He has experience presenting to a wide variety of audiences from students to professionals. Talks are tailored to specific events and can cover a variety of topics drawing on experiences from expeditions and research to aspects of motivation and team development, illustrated with photography. Visit my speaking page for more information.