In a small corner of the Pacaya-Samiria Reserve in North-Eastern Peru, I spent the summer working with local scientists to increase our understanding and help manage the forest. I and the other members of our team were welcomed with unparalleled kindness. Men who had once stalked these forests as poachers, now worked as field guides. The march of deforestation and oil exploration continues, but is fought at every turn.
James is a scientist, writer and speaker with a passion for adventurous conservation fieldwork and expeditions. He’s been involved with a range of projects over four continents. From critically endangered big cats in the remote Dhofar mountains to biodiversity surveys in the Amazon and forest genetics in the high Arctic.
In the UK, James is a passionate advocate for citizen science and regularly speaks in schools and NGOs to inspire and engage young people.