James serves as a Forestry and Biomass Specialist for the Carbon Containment Lab. He is currently taking a year between his undergraduate degree at Yale (YC ‘20) and the beginning of his Master’s Degree at the Yale School of the Environment to work in the field as the Forestry Technician Crew Lead at the Sierraville Ranger District at the Great Basin Institute. As an undergrad at Yale, James focused on economics and the environment, aiming to understand environmental issues in the western U.S. that could be directly impacted through conservation and economic incentives. This culminated with his thesis which attemped to predict burn severity of forests in the Sierra Nevadas using satellite imagery and machine learning algorithms. Since graduating, he has worked as the crew lead on a timber marking crew based in Tahoe National Forest.