Dr. Corven is an Associate Professor of biology at Bristol Community College in Fall River, MA, USA. Previous academic positions include the University of the Virgin Islands (St. Thomas, USVI), University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth, MA, and Quincy College (Plymouth, MA) where he taught general biology, environmental science, developmental biology, and microbiology. While at the UVI he established a bird monitoring and public outreach system that included point count data, an eBird website for public input and access, and prepared the Important Bird Area chapter for the US Virgin Islands in collaboration with VI territorial agencies and private researchers. Jim was the Director the Western Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve Network (WHSRN) for seven years coordinating the development and support of a network of over fifty wetlands sites critical for the protection of migratory shorebirds from Argentina to Alaska. His international field experience includes over twenty years in St. Lucia, Dominica, Costa Rica, Belize, Honduras, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Mexico, and Argentina working with World Wildlife Fund (WWF), the Organization of American States (OAS), and the Peace Corps. Jim has a strong interest in developing international collaboration in the sciences and currently collaborates annually with the Arizona Dept. of Fish & Game and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife in teaching a 2-week intensive course for natural resource professionals on wetlands ecology and conservation in Mexico. Dr. Corven received his undergraduate degree in Natural Sciences from the University of Michigan, his M.S. from Central Michigan University in Biology, and his doctorate from Michigan State University in Developmental Biology.