Jim is a Geologist and Environmental Scientist based in western Colorado since 1998. Jim earned his B.S. degree in Geology from Kansas State University in 1983 and completed additional graduate-level coursework in environmental and natural-resource studies at the University of Alaska Anchorage. Following that, Jim spent 7 years working in various private-industry technical positions related to oil & gas exploration and production, geophysical consulting, and petroleum refining & marketing operations in the central United States, south Texas, and the Gulf of Mexico.
Since 1990, Jim has been a consultant serving private-sector, non-profit, and government-agency clients primarily in the western and central United States including Alaska and Hawaii. Since founding Rare Earth Science in 2000, Jim has specialized in field studies, mineral evaluations, project management and regulatory compliance, and has prepared several hundred Mineral Assessment Reports for conservation easement and habitat protection projects in Colorado, Florida, Kansas, Minnesota, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, Utah, and Wyoming.
Jim is the co-author and editor of the revised edition of Mineral Development and Land Conservation: A Handbook for Conservation Professionals, published in 2011 by the Colorado Coalition of Land Trusts (now known as Keep It Colorado).