In May of 2017, Jim began a new chapter of his career as Senior Vice President of SEARCH, Inc., an organization dedicated to preserving archaeological cultural resources, among other initiatives.
His own field work has included some of history’s most famous wrecks, including USS Monitor, the lost fleet of Kublai Khan, the Civil War submarine, Explorer, USS Arizona, and the atomic-bombed fleet of warships at Bikini Atoll. He also served as chief scientist for the first full 3-D mapping of the Titanic site, was a lead in the deep-sea excavation of a 200-year old wreck in the Gulf of Mexico and in the discovery of the wreck of the WWII Japanese super-submarine I-400.
Jim holds a Ph.D. in Archaeology from Simon Fraser University, has a M.A. in Maritime Studies from East Carolina University, and he earned his B.A. in History from San Francisco State University. He has published actively in leading archaeology and history journals and has written or edited more than 33 books on archaeology and history.
Jim’s recent book titles include The Lost Submarines of Pearl Harbor: The Rediscovery and Archaeology of Japan’s Top-Secret Midget Submarines of World War II and The Maritime Landscape of the Isthmus of Panama, both published in 2016. Read more about his books here. Jim is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, the Canadian Geographical Society, and the Explorers’ Club, and was made Officer of the Order of Civil Merit by His Majesty King Juan Carlos of Spain.