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: Wadi Mouth

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We are now settled on the beach at the mouth of the Wadi and have spent the morning scrambling up the Wadi to make an initial assessment..

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Expedition Update: Chief Leader

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The basecamp seems desolate and deserted after both groups left to pursue their own adventures..

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Expedition Update: Elusive Inhabitants

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Our time studying the sands is drawing to a close. Now, after many days exploring the area, is when we hope our hard work will be rewarded..

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Expedition Update: Omani Scientists

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The walks and trapping are all new for our Omani students and rangers. They are enjoying their time out in the desert (Al Hashman) learning new techniques..

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Expedition Update: Salaam wa-alakum

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Salaam wa-alakum min Oman, or hello from Oman as we have learnt from our new friends. We have now been joined by..

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Expedition Update: Desert Camp

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Base camp initially appeared imposing; a natural amphitheater flanked by large dunes with few signs of life..

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Expedition Update: Departure

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With the advance party in the field last week, Sunday saw the rest of the team flying out to meet them..

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Empty Quarter Expedition: Oman

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On January the 8th, I depart with a team from across the UK on an expedition to the Empty Quarter and Dhofar Mountains of Oman. Our primary aim is to establish the presence of the critically endangered Arabian Leopard..

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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.