James is a Research Economist at the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Fort Collins Science Center.
Since 2012, James has been an integral part of the WiRē (WildfireResearch) Team, a research-and-practice collaboration focused on homeowner wildfire risk mitigation and community wildfire adaptedness. He also investigates the effects of natural resource decisions, including those about fuels and fire management, on ecosystem services. James has authored numerous peer-reviewed and other publications on wildfire risk, plus other topics including water resources, energy, flood risk, and invasive species. James has a PhD in environmental economics from the University of Colorado and a BS in physics from Washington University in St. Louis.