About The Author

James is currently researching human interaction with the Earth’s biogeochemical cycles while undertaking a PhD at the University of Wollongong, NSW.

James is a successful expeditioner and communicator. He summited Mount Everest at the age of 19, and then organised and completed the first ever non-stop journey from Pole to Pole using only human and natural power, for which he was awarded National Geographic’s Adventurer of the Year Award in 2008. In the same year he also became the youngest Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.

James has delivered hundreds of lectures to schools, universities and business clients including Samsung, Adidas and Lloyds Insurance Brokers. He has received substantial coverage across TV, radio, press and digital media, and continues to regularly participate in TV programmes and write a monthly column for Jung-Ang Ilbo, South Korea’s second largest Newspaper.

His current research is focussed on quantifying the anthropogenic impact on dust flux by comparing anthropocene dust deposition with background variability throughout the Holocene, geochemically matching dust deposits to sources, and understanding the role of dust in biogeochemical processes. James has received awards for his academic work, and secured significant funding for it from a selection of different bodies.

Human Land Use And Global Dust Flux

It is now widely accepted that human activities have resulted in significant changes to the Earth’s atmosphere, oceans, and terrestrial environments. While climate change is perhaps the best-known of these changes and has received the most attention from scientists to try to comprehend its causes and the magnitude of its effect, it is becoming increasingly