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James is a Professor at the University of Queensland and leads the Green Fire Science research group ( whose mission is to do applied research that is linked directly to the practice of conservation and Research and Recovery of Endangered Species group (

Brief CV
James is a graduate of the Australian Defence Force Academy and Royal Military College. He completed his doctorate at the Oxford University in 2004, where funded by a Rhodes Scholarship he explored the effects of habitat fragmentation on birds in Madagascar and Australia. Since then, he has worked as a post doctoral fellow at the University of California (San Diego) and the University of Queensland and as a senior campaigner for The Wilderness Society in Australia and ran the climate change program (2010-2014) and then was Director Science at the Wildlife Conservation Society (2014-2020).


  • –present
    Honorary Associate Professor in the School of Biological Sciences, University of Queensland
  • –present
    Director of the Climate Change program, Wildlife Conservation Society, New York