James Ray

James Ray

Career Interests

Rural community development; collaborative natural resource management; conservation finance; environmental justice; watershed management and planning
Employment Sought:


Master of Environmental Management, May 2019
Nicholas School of the Environment
Duke University, Durham, North Carolina
Concentration: Environmental Economics and Policy
Bachelor of Science, May 2012
University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, Washington
Major: Natural Science – Geology
Minors: Biology; Environmental Policy and Decision Making
Global Development Studies School for International Training Arusha, Tanzania
Studied Wildlife Conservation and Political Ecology; Jan. – May 2011

Professional Experience

Conservation Policy Research Assistant, Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions
09/2017 - Present

Agricultural Water Management Program Associate, International Water Management Institute (CGIAR)
05/2016 – 05/2017
Agricultural and Beekeeping Extension Specialist, Peace Corps – Resilient Environment, Agriculture, and Livelihoods Program
02/2014 – 05/2016
Watershed Outreach and Education Coordinator, Sierra Institute for Community and Environment
10/2012 – 09/2013
Naturalist Science Guide, Gastineau Guiding Company
05/2012 – 09/2012
Grant's Cazelle Stable Isotope Ecology Research Intern, University of Puget Sound Department of Geology
06/2011 – 09/2011
Biosphere 2 Stable Isotope Hydrology REU Intern, University of Arizona Department of Hydrology and Water Resources
05/2010 – 12/2010

Additional Information

Technical Skills: Geospatial analysis – ArcGIS Pro Geospatial analysis – QGIS Grant Writing Statistical analysis – Stata Statistical analysis – R CERTIFICATIONS: Permaculture Design Apprentice Beekeeper

Publications: Perdrial JN, McIntosh J, Harpold A, Brooks PD, Zapata-Rios X, Ray J, Meixner T, Kanduc T, Litvak M, Troch PA, Chorover J. 2013. Stream Water Carbon Controls in Seasonally Snow-Covered Mountain Catchments: Impact of Inter-Annual Variability of Water Fluxes, Catchment Aspect and Seasonal Processes. Biogeochemistry 118 (1-3): 273-290.

Ray J. 2011. Wood Usage in Rural Tanzania: An Investigation Into the Sources and Accessibility of Fuelwood and Polewood for the Residents of Kizanda Village, West Usambara Mountains. School for International Training Independent Study Project Collection. Paper 984.

Ray J, Fox-Dobbs K. September 2011. Isotopic Records from Gazelle Horns Correlate Foraging Patterns to Environmental Fluctuations. University of Puget Sound Fall Student Research Poster Symposium. Tacoma, WA.
Ray J, McIntosh J, Perdrial J, Brooks P, Chorover J, Rasmussen C, Meixner T. December 2010. Sources and cycling of carbon in two semi-arid catchments, Valles Caldera Preserve, NM: insights from carbon isotopes. American Geophysical Union Fall 2010 Meeting. San Francisco, CA.
Ray J, McIntosh J, Pedrial J. August 2010. Sources and cycling of carbon in two semi-arid catchments, Valles Caldera Preserve, NM: insights from carbon isotopes. University of Arizona Graduate College Undergraduate Research Opportunities Consortium Conference. Tucson, AZ.


community-based management
project management
stakeholder engagement
water resources management

Graduation Date

May 2019

Additional Resources



Preferred Location


Preferred Sector

Federal Government
Non-profit / NGO
Research Institute / Think Tank
State / Local Government