James Gray

James Gray is a Research Assistant with an M.S. in Forestry from Michigan State University and a B.A. in Government from Cornell University. James is involved in the pre- and post-award management and administration of programs, grants and research projects in the Global Observatory for Ecosystem Services. James' particular interests involve REDD+, climate policy, global carbon markets, community-based management of natural resources, social and biodiversity co-benefits of carbon projects and the issues affecting indigenous, forest-dependent peoples. James' M.S. in forestry included a Graduate Specialization in International Development from MSU’s Center for Advanced Study of International Development. He also performed his M.S. research on the viability of carbon markets to improve livelihoods in indigenous community forests in the Western Highlands region of Guatemala. James also worked in that same area with the relief organization CARE, advising the organization on REDD+ project development in Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. James is fluent in Spanish and German in addition to his native English.