James is a climate researcher and data scientist with a focus on visualising climate change. As a Knowledge Broker for the MCCCRH and the ARC Centre of Excellence in Climate Extremes, James helps climate researchers make their work more available and useful to everyone.
Bringing a broad and unusual mix of research, communication and data skills to his role, James has a particular passion for data visualisation and loves finding novel way to show changes in the Earth system. As well as developing open source packages for the R statistical language like the collateral package, James has developed websites for climate change communication like Is it Hot Right Now? and maintained others like Scorcher.
Before he joined CLEX and the MCCCRH, James submitted a thesis for his PhD with UNSW Sydney on the public health impacts of Australian heat extremes. His research involved building statistical models of hospital admission counts using various indicators of extreme heat and seeing how estimates of future hospital admissions differed with these indicators.
He also holds a Master of Business (Science & Technology) and a Bachelor of Science (Advanced) (Climate Science) and also has some experience as a freelance animator.