James is a Senior Research Associate at the Lancaster Environment Centre. He uses statistical models to understand large-scale ecological patterns in coral reef ecosystems, and investigate how small-scale tropical fisheries will respond to ocean warming.
His research in Seychelles has shown how coral bleaching impacts coral reef ecosystems and the fisheries they support. This work uses monitoring data from coral reefs and fisheries that have experienced two mass bleaching events, and is a long-term collaboration between fisheries managers, social scientists, and marine biologists.
James's current research evaluates links between climate change and small-scale fisheries across the tropics. He hopes to understand how marine ecosystems can continue to provide food, nutrition and employment for coastal communities.