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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Expedition Update: Alive and Well

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When we planned this expedition, we had an ambitious (and in all honesty, unrealistic) objective. To find the Arabian Leopard, one of the rarest cats in the world.

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Expedition Update: Dr Mansoor

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Dr Mansoor from the Office of Conservation for Environment joins the expedition team in Wadi Sayq..

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Expedition Update: Botanic Garden’s

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With our goal of exploring and studying Wadi Sayq well underway, here in the science team we’re working hard to pack in as many surveys as possible..

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Expedition Update: Members

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So the Members fire has finally got back to the sunny UK! Our last few days have been really interesting and memorable..

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Expedition Update: Exploring the Wadi

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We headed up to the plane that runs the full length of the Wadi, with the aim of finding access points that lead down to the Wadi floor enabling us to survey with greater ease..

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Expedition Update: Old and New

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Having just returned to base camp from a several day foray into the Wadi, I wanted to take the opportunity to thank all our team members who will have recently..

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Expedition Update: And the rain comes!

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Our initial recce into both Wadis left us feeling disappointed when each time we were stopped by massive rocks blocking the way..

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Expedition Update: Wadi Base Camp

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We arrived at the Wadi two days ago after a bumpy boat ride. After frantically alighting, and then unloading, we were left with the task of trekking all of the kit..

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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.