James is a PhD researcher at the University of Edinburgh, where he tutors computing, machine learning, data analysis, and statistical physics. His research involves using and developing machine learning algorithms to extract space-time patterns from climate records and climate models. He has held visiting researcher roles, working on planet-scale data analysis and modeling, at the University of Oxford and Queen's University Belfast and has a masters in physics where he specialized in quantum simulation. In a previous life, he was employed as a data scientist in the insurance sector. When not several indents deep in Python, he performs improvised comedy.