Churchill Fellow (2017) / Geographer, Field Biologist and Explorer, Joshua Powell

“As a Field Biologist and Geographer my work often takes me to remote locations – collaborating with Tespack and being able to charge equipment in the field affords new opportunities for me in terms of making new equipment and methods available.”


We would like you to meet our ambassador Joshua Powell, a National Geographic Explorer, Churchhill Fellow 2017, field biologist and explorer. He completed the first global assessment of macaque-human interactions (2016 –  published 2017) and their conservation implications. Current projects involve Looking at the best practice in island conservation policies and practice in the South Pacific and South Atlantic, with a view to looking at how innovative approaches can be applied in the UK – both the metropolitan UK and the British Overseas Territories.

Read more about his craziest adventures, accomplishments and more about him and Tespack!

1. What projects have you worked on in remote areas?

Research in remote areas:

Previous work: Greenland and Arctic Canada (study of the impact of adventure tourism in the Arctic), Great Lakes (fieldwork for the study of the wolf and moose population of Isle Royale), Carpathian Mountains(tracking wolves and lynx for a population study) and forests of Japan (study of macaque-human interactions).

Currently:  South Pacific (Island Conservation for an Island Nation) & South Atlantic and Antarctic islands(again Island Conservation for an Island Nation).

Coming up: Rangers Without Borders expeditions in the coming New Year.

2. Why did you choose this field?

The most important thing we have is the world that we live in, a planet of endless variety and phenomenal natural beauty, so I’ve always been determined to use my career to do something for the natural world and wildlife. Becoming a biologist seemed a logical way to do so – but there are all sorts of other fields and career paths which have huge impacts for the natural world, policymakers and those who work in politics is an obvious example.

3. What are your biggest achievements?

– National Geographic Explorer, to lead the Rangers Without Borders expedition (coming year)

– Named a Churchill Fellow (2017), for the project Island Conservation for an Island Nation

– Completed the first global assessment of macaque-human interactions (2016 –  published 2017) and their conservation implications.

– Thouron Award Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania (2014-2016)

4. How do you fill your spare time?

I enjoy a wide range of outdoor activities, including horse riding, canoeing, hiking and, of course, wildlife-watching. I’m a certified scuba diver, but also canopy access climber, so enjoy time spent in the tree-tops as much as that spent underwater.

5. How do you experience being outdoors or exploring new places?

– 2017 has been a busy year – I am currently booked to work on 5 continents within the calendar year (including Antarctica) and expect it may well end up being all 7…

– Like many biologists I enjoy wildlife photography when in the field, even if my efforts are decidedly amateur. I think my favorite subject to date has been polar bears in the wild in Arctic Canada, although interestingly that was far from the most intimidating wildlife photography encounter I have ever had – that honor goes to a bird in Australia! Albeit it was a cassowary..

6. What is the craziest thing you have ever done?

Riding and marching 300 miles across the length of England for English Heritage’s 1066 March (often in full armour and while being waylaid by BBC journalists, school groups and enthusiastic members of the public) has to rank as the craziest thing I have ever done.

7. What is your motto/quote?

“As biodiversity is put under increasing pressure from human activity, going into the field to generate information that is valuable for conservation and to document the diversity and ecology of life on the planet has never been more important. We need to work in challenging environments, we need to utilise technology and innovation to tackle critical problems, and ultimately we must find a way to protect the most important thing on Earth, the diversity of life itself.”

8. Why do you love collaborating with Tespack?

As a Field Biologist and Geographer my work often takes me to remote locations where charging devices is simply not an option, forcing us to work within technological limits – so collaborating with Tespack and being able to charge equipment in the field affords new opportunities for me in terms of making new equipment and methods available.

9. Favourite Tespack Solar Smartpack or power bank? Why?

I really like Beetle Solar Smartpack. But I can’t wait to test Andes Hiking Solar Smartpack as its certainly the most useful when overnighting in the field.

10. Projects with Tespack


Tespack Solar Smartpacks and power banks in extreme environments/rural areas like South PacificSouth Atlantic and Antarctic islands.