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, 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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