James borrell is a conservation scientist and science communicator, with a particular interest in how species adapt to changing climate.

Visions of Emptiness


Visions of Emptiness

I miss the simplicity of being on expedition. Here in London in my rose-tinted version of the real world, there’s a million-and-one exciting things happen, but it still comes in a close second to ‘being out there’.

Fortunately or unfortunately, if you want to try and do something useful, I think you have to spend a fair amount of time behind a desk. On the other hand, to work out why you’re doing it, or indeed what to do and where to start – experience (and experiences) in the field matter.

It’s a balance. So this Winter whilst I’m in the lab and behind a desk, it fills me with excitement to know that two years on from the first British Exploring Oman expedition, another team is out there continuing our work – and doing a rather brilliant job of it at that.

I keep this photograph from the vast orange and gold dunes close at hand to remind me of the world’s most wonderful places, and wherever possible in life and work, to keep things simple.

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