University of Alaska Fairbanks, PhD, Natural Resource Policy and Sustainability Science – 2012
University of Alaska Southeast, MPA – 1995
Rochester Institute of Technology, Eisenhower College, BA, 1978
Jim has spent most of his life in Alaska with over three decades working on environmental and natural resource policy and management, and local governance issues. His public service includes nine years on the City and Borough of Juneau Assembly with 3 years as Deputy Mayor. His dissertation research and current research interests are community and institutional adaptive capacity in response to climate change, sustainability, and local decision-making. He currently teaches natural resource policy, local sustainability, public administration, and local governance courses. Jim balances his teaching with serving on several state and local nonprofit boards. He also lectures and consults on sustainability planning. He is a member of the International Association for Society and Natural Resources, and Ecological Society of America.