James Watson is a Professor at The University of Queensland and Director of Science and Research Initiative at the Wildlife Conservation Society. He serves
on the leadership committee for the Science for Nature and People (SNAP) Initiative, the International Panel for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services
(IPBES) Data and Knowledge Task Force, and is the former global president of the Society for Conservation Biology.
James is the director the Green Fire Science research group (www.greenfirescience.com) whose mission is to do applied research that is linked directly to the practice of conservation.