James is a Bay Area native with a Bachelor's in Applied Physics with a minor in Earth Sciences from the University of California, Santa Cruz. As an undergraduate, he worked with Dr. Emily Brodsky on research concerning granular flow. Now, as a PhD candidate at the University of California, Riverside, James applies his knowledge of particulates to research topics concerning climate change under the guidance of Associate Professor Robert Allen. Currently, James' research interests concern air quality, interaction between wildfire aerosols and clouds, remote sensing, and climate modeling. James' accomplishments at UCR include a first authored paper, a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program Honorable Mention, attainment of the Geographer's Scholarship, an award for Outstanding Student Presentation at the 2023 American Meteorological Society, and being lead instructor for the GEO011 course in Summer 2022.