Jim works with CCI’s Ecosystems and Livelihoods program providing technical advice on monitoring landscape use and protecting forests. Before coming to CCI he was President of the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia and Administrator of the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in the Clinton Administration. He was ascientific advisor on Al Gore’s "An Inconvenient Truth” and co-founded and was the first President of The Oceanography Society. He has more than 100 scientific publications and is the author of the book Planet Earth: The View from Space. He holds a B.S. in physics from Stanford University, a Ph.D. in physics from Cornell University, and three honorary degrees.