James Clowater is a Biologist, naturalist, and teacher, who has a passion for the natural world. He grew up in the Comox Valley on Vancouver Island and has a broad range of interests including animal behaviour, ornithology, marine biology, ethnobotany, and First Nations culture. After 15 years as a land surveyor exploring the wild forests and mountains of British Columbia, he returned to university to pursue his interests in animal behaviour. His research on the foraging behaviour of marine birds has been featured in national and international media including the BBC Radio, Discovery Television, CBC's "Quirks and Quarks", Canadian Wildlife magazine, New Scientist, Equinox, and the Globe and Mail.
A freelance wildlife biologist, James also teaches the popular Marine Birds Course which is offered at the University of Victoria and Swan Lake Nature Sanctuary. He has lead educational tours on the B.C. coast for over a decade. He lives in Victoria and has a daughter who is named after the purple native lily, Camas.