Manager of Conservation Planning
Dr. James is responsible for the development and synthesis of information to refine regional conservation plans, programs, and policy work as well as the coordination of the Regional land protection program. His primary research interests revolve around the ecology and management of migrating and wintering waterfowl on the Gulf Coast and Mississippi Alluvial Valley and the ecology and management of seagrasses and other submerged aquatic vegetation. He has been with Ducks Unlimited since 2004, when he began as a Regional Biologist in the South Atlantic. While there, he also served as Land Protection Coordinator overseeing the conservation easement program administered under the Lowcountry Initiative. Dr. James assumed his current position as Manager of Conservation Planning in the Southern Regional Office in 2008. He obtained his Ph.D. in Wildlife Science from the joint doctoral program with Texas A&M University/ Texas A&M-Kingsville (2006). His doctoral work examined the utilization of shoalgrass resources and nutritional ecology of wintering Redheads in the Laguna Madre of Texas. Dr. James obtained his M.S. in Range and Wildlife Management (2000) from Texas A&M University-Kingsville and his B.S. in Wildlife and Fisheries Science (1995) from Texas A&M University.
Current research Dr. James is involved in:
Seasonal survival, movements, and habitat use of mottled ducks in Louisiana and Texas.
Habitat use, large-scale movements, and spring migration chronology and corridors of female gadwall that winter along the Gulf Coast.
Florida Mottled Duck Study