James MacCarthy is a GIS Analyst with Global Forest Watch (GFW) where he supports the development and delivery of a community-level greenhouse gas inventory web tool and webinar series, monitors GLAD deforestation alerts, analyzes forest fire data, and uses machine learning methods to identify drivers of deforestation.

Prior to joining WRI, James worked on and led trainings for a variety of sustainable development projects in more than 30 countries across Africa, Asia, and Latin America ranging from wildlife and forest conservation as a Technical Manager at Conservation International to food security and public health as a Research Associate at FHI 360.

James holds a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science from Wheaton College in Norton, MA and a Master’s degree in Environmental Management from Duke University. His Master’s research focused on the effects of hunting and forest degradation on wildlife communities in Gabon as well as the effectiveness of mangrove conservation efforts in Thailand.

In his free time, James enjoys cooking, reading, and hiking in the Pacific Northwest with his partner and two dogs.