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Biographical Sketch

     Jim is an author, scientist, educator whose interest in COLD (altitudinal, latitudinal, and seasonal) has taken him to all seven continents and Greenland. Jim's specialities include environmental ecology, animal tracking, and carnivores; his greatest academic love, bears, led to 20 years studying black, grizzly and polar bears. He also works with wolverine, lynx, cougar and wolves.

      Jim has written over 25 books and videos including his latest, Yellowstone Bears in the Wild and Track Plates for Mammals. He led the American East Greenland expeditions in 1975 and 1976 and is a Fellow of the Explorer's Club and received the Antarctic Service medal. Jim is past Chairman of the Board of Directors, senior instructor, and administrative liason officer of the National Outdoor Leadership School.

      Currently Jim is President of A Naturalist's World, an ecological education company. A past Research Fellow of the Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research, Jim was Director of the Mountain Research Station and the Long-Term Ecological Research program in the Alpine. He is listed in Who's Who in the World 1989-1993, Who's Who in Emerging Leaders 1989-1996, Who's Who in Western America 1987-1997 and Who's Who In Science. A Vietnam veteran, Jim received the Navy Achievement Medal with Combat "V" and Vietnamese Gallantry Cross with Palm.

      Jim received his Ph.D. in 1980 in Biology, Ecology, & Mammalogy from the University of Colorado. His B.S. in 1969 and M.S. in 1970 both in Botany & Ecology from the University of Wyoming. At the University of Wyoming, Jim was on the President's Academic Honor Roll, University of Wyoming and a four-year letterman in diving, swimming and water polo.
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President, A Naturalist's World
Educator / Scientist / Author / Ecologist / Mammalogist / Tracker

Mammalogy, Tracking, Ecology (long-term, Polar, and alpine),
Endangered Species, Natural History

Ph.D. 1980 Biology, Ecology, & Mammalogy University of Colorado
M.S. 1970 Botany & Ecology University of Wyoming
B.S. 1969 Botany & Ecology University of Wyoming

Fellow, The Explorer's Club
Who's Who in the World 1989-1993
Who's Who in Emerging Leaders 1989-1996
Who's Who in Western America 1987-1997
University of Colorado Public Speakers Series, 1987, 1988
Antarctic Service Medal, Civilian Award, U.S. Navy
Navy Achievement Medal with Combat "V"
Vietnamese Gallantry Cross with Palm
President's Academic Honor Roll, University of Wyoming
Four-year letterman, diving, swimming and water polo, Univ. of Wyoming

Scientific Board, Greater Yellowstone Coalition
Science Advisory Panel, Equal Opportunities Program, Univ. of Colorado
Thorne Ecological Institute, Boulder, Colorado
Chairman of Board, National Outdoor Leadership School
Board of Advisors, Teton Science School
Board of Chairs, National Outdoor Leadership School

Research Fellow, Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research, Univ. of Colorado
Research Field Director, Mountain Research Station, Univ. of Colorado
Researcher, Colorado Division of Wildlife
Research Assistant, National Park Service Contract
President, Scatological Collections and Technologies
Chief Administrator, Instructor Trainer, Course Director, National
Outdoor Leadership School
Instructor Trainer, Colorado Outward Bound School
Manager, Quiet Country Ski Tours, Jackson and Old Faithful, Wyoming
President and Mission Leader, Wyoming Mountain Rescue

Tanzanian Dinosaur Tracking Expedition (National Geographic)
Joint American Chinese Expedition to the Tibetan-Qinghai Plateau
Leader, American East Greenland Expedition
Co-Leader, American and Stirlingshire East Greenland Expedition
Adjunct Professor, National Outdoor Leadership School
       Biology and Outdoor Education Program in Kenya
University of Wyoming, Antarctic Expedition

Mammal Tracking, Animal Signs, Winter Ecology, Alpine Ecology,
Endangered Mammals of the West, Ecosystems of Rocky Mountains,
General Biology, Principles of Ecology, Biogeography, Field
Techniques in Environmental Sciences, Field Biology of Africa,
Outdoor Education and Leadership

Appalachian Mountain Club, Aspen Center for Environmental Studies, Audubon, Bear Creek Nature Center, Boulder County Naturalists, Cloud Ridge Naturalists, Colorado Division of Wildlife Staff, Colorado Outward Bound Schools, Colorado State Park Naturalists, Defenders of Wildlife, Denver Museum of Natural History, Florrisant National Monument, Foothills Nature Center, Four Corners School of Outdoor Education, Glacier National Park Ranger Naturalists, Grand Teton National Park Ranger Naturalists, Jefferson County Naturalists, Keystone Science School, Mountain Research Station, Mountain Travel-Sobek, National Audubon Society, National Outdoor Leadership School, National Wildlife Federation, Nature Conservancy (Pine Butte Swamp, Yellowstone), Rocky Mountain National Park Ranger Naturalists, Rocky Mountain Nature Association, Roxoborough State Park, Sierra Club, Smithsonian Institution, Teton Science School, Wilderness Society, Yellowstone Institute, Yellowstone National Park Ranger Naturalists and Law Enforcement.

Colorado State University, Ft. Lewis College, Kansas State Teachers College, Idaho State University, Montana State University, University of California at Davis, University of Colorado at Boulder, University of Colorado at Denver, University of Montana, University of Northern Colorado, University of Wyoming
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Programs by Jim

Programs taught by Jim are listed through A Naturalist's World.
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