PhD (Atmospheric Sciences), MSc (Statistics), BSc Hons (Mathematics)
James has four decades’ experience in weather and climate research. His main field is large-scale climate variability especially over the Southern Hemisphere, and the impacts of climate variability and change on the Pacific, New Zealand and the Antarctic. James was a lead author for the last two Assessment Reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), and is a Coordinating Lead Author for the 6th IPCC Assessment to be published in 2021. He was awarded the Prime Minister’s 2018 prize for Science Communication, and has recently been appointed to the New Zealand Climate Change Commission.