Team Member Spotlight: James!

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Growing up, I loved science but lost interest after discovering full-time laboratory science was not for me. After finishing school, I started climbing around the same time as I was delving into some of the classics of exploration literature, such as Annapurna by Maurice Herzog, Arabian Sands by Wilfred Thesiger, and The Worst Journey in the World by Apsley Cherry-Garrard. At that time, I finally realized that there are opportunities to practice science outdoors - to explore! I decided then to devote most all my free time to learning how to climb safely in the mountains in hopes of assisting science research expeditions. Since then, I've had the pleasure of joining seven ACSP expeditions to the Cordillera Blanca mountains of Peru and working with many scientists, students, and local stakeholders to help advance research and conservation efforts there.

My background and excitement is in old school field science exploration - a team of people coming together for the greater purpose of advancing human knowledge. I'm very excited to have the opportunity to join the ACSP expedition to Nepal and climb again with Morgan and John, with whom I've climbed several times in the high mountains of Peru. I'd love to summit in Nepal, but I'll be perfectly happy if we simply do some good science, travel safely in the mountains, and assist any member of our team in climbing the peaks to gather data there. In future, I hope to share our experiences with students so they are aware of opportunities to practice science outside.