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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Friday Photo: Making Bricks

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On the edge of the Empty Quarter is the ancient city of Shisr, a centuries old spring that provided water for generations of desert travelers..

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Birds of the Middle East

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I’m not an avid bird watcher, more an interested observer, but in the space of a few weeks the scientific necessity of identifying and counting what we saw turned from a research theme to an obsession..

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Friday Photo: Desert Stars

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We had tents, but didn’t feel any need or desire to use them except for storing kit, preferring to sleep out on the open sands all alone, save for the occasional nosy camel..

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Friday Photo: The Empty Quarter

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Of all landscapes, the desert and it’s vast and unfamiliar incomprehensibility, must make it perhaps the most difficult to write about..

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Success in Oman

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As was previously reported, against all our expectations, we have been successful in establishing the presence of Arabian Leopard in a remote part of Dhofar, Oman.

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Expedition Update: Final Leg

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We are now approaching the last leg of the expedition and are en route to Salalah after an intense and enjoyable few weeks..

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Expedition Update: Chief Leader

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All is quiet again in base camp as the two groups left for the final time..

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Expedition Update: Chief Leader

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The evening campfire is often disrupted by shouts of “gecko”..

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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.