James Anderson is Forests Communications Officer for the People and Ecosystems Program, where he leads communications and media outreach for WRI’s work on forests and landscapes. James develops outreach strategies, designs communications materials, engages with media and partners, and identifies opportunities for WRI’s forests work to have greater impact.
Previously, James was a Research Fellow at the Gobabeb Training and Research Centre in Namibia, where he managed a desert ecology research program and field school, coordinated media outreach, and advised Namibia’s Strategic Environmental Assessment on the social and environmental impacts of uranium mining. James has also worked with Jones Associates Foresters in Maine, the Fish and Wildlife Service in Kodiak, Alaska and the National Park Service at Mt. Rainier, Washington. Most recently, he was a writer for the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History’s online biodiversity database The Encyclopedia of Life.
James is passionate about both effective communications and rigorous research. He studied English and Environmental Studies at Grinnell College, Iowa.
James is an avid hiker and runner, and plays mandolin with his D.C.-based bluegrass band.