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 in National Geographic, Smithsonian, Bloomberg Businessweek and many other outlets. As an Alicia Patterson Foundation fellow, I traveled to Uganda to investigate an herbal cure for malaria and the strange plague wrought by false tooth disease. My international reporting has also been funded by the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, Investigative Reporters and Editors, and the Mongabay Special Reporting Initiative.
My own story begins in Houston, Texas, where my first and only real job involved arbitrage of Southwest Airlines flight coupons on the grey market for a gambling addict named Barry who I still count as a friend and mentor. I went to college and grad school in California, grew a beard, and spent six years catching frogs, snakes, and bees in Central America in an aborted attempt to become a field biologist.
Naturally, I live in a cabin in the hills of the Semi Tropic Spiritualist Tract of Los Angeles. I'll write about anything. I also take decent photos. Please hire me at bborrell <at> gmail.com.