James Hart

Conservation Ecologist


Originally from Tidewater Virginia, James developed a love of plants and the outdoors during family trips to the mountains of New England. These interests led him to pursue a BA in Conservation Biology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he focused on botany and forest ecology. His undergraduate thesis project focused on the effects of drought and fire adaptations on longleaf pine seedling survival. James has worked numerous seasonal positions over the years, and after graduating he took part in two terms as an AmeriCorps member, one in the Palouse region of eastern Washington State and one in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Through his time in California, James has grown passionate about the conservation challenges that the region faces and the solutions being implemented across the landscape. He is excited to bring his enthusiasm for ecology and restoration to Pollinator Partnership, where he will be working to restore and promote pollinator habitat in California and beyond. When he’s not working, you can find him riding his gravel bike, working on some woodworking projects or playing music.