I've tracked down the Canadian maple syrup thieves, gone deep inside the world of British mole catchers, and pieced together the epic story of a French adventurer who vanished in Alaska.

I'm a correspondent for Outside magazine, a contributing writer to Hakai magazine and Spectrum, and my work has also been published by The New York Times, National GeographicThe Atlantic, Bloomberg Businessweek and many other outlets. My story on a con man who preys on long-distance hikers appears in the Outside anthology The Darkest Places: Unsolved Mysteries, True Crimes, and Harrowing Disasters in the Wild. I also co-wrote a college textbook, worked as a science consultant on the production of Will Smith: The Jump, and investigated herbal medicine in the modern world as an Alicia Patterson Foundation Fellow.

Born in Houston, Texas, I went to college and grad school in California and spent six years catching frogs, snakes, and bees in Central America while completing my Ph.D. in biology. Investigative journalism became a natural way to combine my curiosity about the world and my longing for adventure.

I live on a hillside in east Los Angeles and can be reached at bborrell [at]

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