James "Jamie" Coleman grew up in Oxford, about as far from the sea as you can get in the United Kingdom, but decided he would work in marine biology and conservation. Ever since he reached his teens, he has dedicated time to this passion, working and volunteering in various roles on nature reserves and in aquariums. In 2007, he left home to study marine biology at the University of Newcastle. As much as he loves working with people, he has a habit of ending up in isolated, inhospitable havens, far from civilization. Most recently, he completed a stint working as the Higher Predator Biologist for the British Antarctic Survey on South Georgia, living alongside and studying the incredible wildlife. His work there mainly focused on the gentoo penguins and Antarctic fur seals, but also included periods offshore as a fisheries observer and completing wandering albatross surveys on Prion Island. Prior to this, he spent two seasons as Senior Warden on the Farne Islands, a reserve in the North Sea famous for its densities of seabirds and seals. Jamie has worked in conservation and wildlife research around the world. He ran a jaguar camera trapping project in the Pantanal, Brazil. He also participated in diving projects in the Bahamas and Mexico, where he researched marine protected areas and the health of coastal habitats. Throughout 2018, Jamie is acting as a National Geographic Year of the Bird Ambassador.
Naturalist, Year of the Bird Ambassador