Jim has been the Director and an instructor at the Sierra Nevada Field Campus since 1985. His enthusiasm for natural history and ecology has led to an extensive knowledge of the plant and animal life in the Sierra Buttes and Yuba Pass area of the Sierra Nevada. He believes that every class should be highly informative, somewhat rigorous and fun.
Over the past 23 years at SNFC, he has taught the World of Plants, Nature Study, Natural Sciences for Teachers, Bird Banding, and Bird Identification by Song class .
Jim taught at Everett Middle School and Wallenberg High School as a science teacher and currently is a lecturer at San Francisco State University for Biology 230 - Introductory Biology for majors and Biology 101 Human Biology.
He was the principal investigator for the Sierra Nevada Neotropical Migratory Bird Riparian Habitat Monitoring project sponsored by the US Forest Service.
He annually conducts 2 breeding bird surveys for the USGS He is a past president of the Western Bird Banding Association and was an official trainer for the North American Banding Council's certification program.