Originally from Byron Bay, Australia, James has since worked at the University of Queensland, Flinders University and the South Australian Museum before starting at Yale. James is a researcher and photographer who uses both skills to better communicate his research to academic and general audiences. His research has focussed primarily on the fields of phylogenetics, ecology, evolution, climate sciences, conservation, and biogeography. Most of James’ research has used native bees in Australia and Fiji to answer questions related to those fields. James combines his research and photographic expertise to image his study organisms, including them in research, media releases, and popular articles. At Yale James is studying the global macroecology and conservation of all bees.