James S. Borrell

Research Fellow – Tropical Crop Ecology


Job title: 
Research Fellow – Tropical Crop Ecology
Biodiversity Informatics and Spatial Analysis


Enset is the staple food source for ~20 million people in Ethiopia. Working as part of a collaborative team, I’m aiming to use state of the art modelling and genomic approaches to understand the diversity of Enset landraces in cultivation as well as explore wild crop relatives. We hope to unravel the secrets of this remarkable drought-resistant crop to support sustainability and livelihoods in East Africa. This project involves extensive fieldwork in Southern Ethiopia and ultimately aims to produce a multifunctional baseline resource for present and future enset cultivation.


Qualifications and appointments: 
  • PhD. Queen Mary, University of London, 2017
  • BSc (Hons) University of Exeter, 2011


Selected publications: 

Zohren, J., Wang, N., Kardailsky, I., Borrell, J. S., Joecker, A. & Nichols, R. A (2016). Unidirectional diploid–tetraploid introgression among British birch trees with shifting ranges shown by restriction site‐associated markers. Molecular ecology 25 (11), 2413-2426

Wang, N., Borrell, J. S., Bodles, W. J. A., Kuttapitiya, A., Nichols, R. A. & Buggs, R. J. A. (2014). Molecular footprints of the Holocene retreat of dwarf birch in Britain. Molecular ecology 23 (11), 2771-2782

Wang, N., Borrell, J. S., & Buggs, R. J. A. (2014). Is the Atkinson discriminant function a reliable method for distinguishing between Betula pendula and B. pubescens (Betulaceae)? New Journal of Botany 4 (2), 90-94

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