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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Empty Quarter Expedition: Facts


Prior to planning an expedition to the country, I knew embarrassingly little about Oman. I still don’t know very much..

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Empty Quarter Expedition: Kit


An expedition doesn’t start in the field. It begins months (probably years) before with hushed conversations, excitable research and lists, lists, lists..

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The Empty Quarter Expedition: History


The Sultanate of Oman is a unique land in the Arabian Peninsula, home to mankind for millennia. Despite Oman’s largely arid and formidable terrain, it is home to..

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The Ghost of Arabia


Despite it being an unusually warm day for October, it remains difficult to sit comfortably in a Derbyshire village and plan a desert expedition..

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More information:

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.

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