Charles Foster is a Fellow of Green Templeton College, University of Oxford, where he teaches medical law and ethics. He is a practicing barrister and a qualified veterinarian with a particular interest in animal behaviour. A lot of his life has been spent on expeditions, many in the desert involving camels. Recent trips include the Algerian Sahara, the Western Desert of Egypt, Sinai and the Danakil Depression. He has run the Marathon des Sables (the 150 mile race in the Sahara), skied to the North Pole, and ‘bled in many beautiful and desolate landscapes’. Nowadays he is more likely to be found in Devon or Greece.
Foster is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and a Fellow of the Linnean Society. He lives in Oxford and Exmoor with his wife and six children.