James is a graduate of the Mass Communication Ph.D. program of the University of Wisconsin – Madison’s Department of Life Sciences Communication. Having experience in communications research, theory, and practice, James developed his interests in the communicative aspects of human dimensions of natural resources through his dissertation project titled “Public perceptions on bioenergy in a mixed-use landscape: Framing effects, trusted sources, place attachment and information-seeking in southwest Wisconsin.” James taught both introductory communications and introduction to science writing while a graduate student at UW-Madison. From 2009 to mid-2014 he also served as a Public Affairs Specialist, a science writer and social media pro, in the Office of Communications at the U.S. Forest Service Forest Products Laboratory, the national R&D laboratory of the U.S. Forest Service. He holds an M.A. from the School of Journalism & Mass Communication, University of Wisconsin - Madison, and a B.S. in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin - La Crosse.
James T. Spartz
Assistant Professor of Environmental Communications
215 Founders Hall South
Environmental Arts and Humanities