Michele James

Michele James Research Coordinator
Northern Arizona University


MLS in Sustainable Communities

BFA in Visual Communication, Graphic Design Emphasis

BS in Wildlife Biology, Technical Communication

Research Focus

James focuses on leading the diverse Fossil Creek Stakeholders group and ensuring scientific information is used in management decisions, locating funding for specific resource improvement projects at Fossil Creek, and managing the Mark Lab of Aquatic Ecology.

Other Achievements, Honors, Awards

Multiple achievement awards from US Fish and Wildlife Service; judge for high school students’ ecological science presentations for the the Canon Envirothon.

Big-picture Career Goal


James is passionate about communicating scientific information to the public in visually effective and exciting means in order to increase understanding of the importance of southwestern ecosystems and the effects humans are having upon them. James also cares deeply for Fossil Creek, one of two Wild and Scenic Rivers in Arizona, and wants to ensure a management plan that protects the creek's unique resources is adopted by the Forest Service, and assist in gaining necessary funding to implement resource protection activities in this area.

Personal Note

James enjoys photography, graphic design, hiking, swimming in Fossil Creek, poetry, stained glass, and pottery.

Current Projects

Tracking the progress on the Fossil Creek Comprehensive Resource Management Plan in anticipation of evaluation by NAU and the Fossil Creek Stakeholders Group and providing substantive comments when released to the public. Once the Forest Service adopts the plan, assist in locating and gaining funding to implement important aspects of the plan.

Full Curriculum Vitae