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James Byrne is Professor and Past Chair of Geography at the University of Lethbridge. His expertise is global environmental change and water resources. Dr. Byrne has an extensive refereed publication list, and has given expert testimony to environmental hearings and legal proceedings on climate change, water and environmental issues. He is the lead scientist and producer of the 2002 award winning Global Change three-part Television series; the 2004 seven-part TV series Water under Fire, Choking Lake Winnipeg (2011) and co-produced a series of videos on climate change science and solutions in 2014. He is a founding member of the Canadian Water Network (CWN), serving as National Theme Leader in Water Resources Management and a member of the CWN Research Management Committee from 2001-04. He continues to work on environmental change, climate and water resources modeling, and leads several international initiatives in science communication and education.
- 1978 - Bachelor of Science (Geography/Geology), Departments of Geography and Geology, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta.
- 1983 - Master of Science in Water Resources, Department of Civil Engineering, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta. M. Sc. thesis - "Computer Assisted Irrigation Water Management."
- 1990 - Doctor of Philosophy in Water Resources, Department of Civil Engineering, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta. Dissertation - "Three Phase Runoff Model for Small Prairie Rivers."
James is a member of the following Science Societies
- American Association for the Advancement of Science
- American Geophysical Union
- Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society
- International Water Resources Association, 1990-98
- Director, Canadian Water Resources Association, Alberta Branch, 1988-98.
Global Science Communication Leadership
2013 James Byrne, Natasha Andronova and Philip Rasch, Co-chairs. American Geophysical Union Chapman Conference: Communicating Climate Science: A Historic Look to the Future, June 8-13, Granby, Colorado. This was ground-breaking conference was three years in the planning, and involved extensive and ongoing telephone meetings, almost 2000 email communication through my in-box and many reviews of a complex multidisciplinary conference program. A diverse group - educators, writers, scholars from science, social sciences and humanities, urban planners, film and documentary producers, communication professionals, business leaders and bloggers – came together for five days of presentations and discussion in Colorado.