James is a BS Biology graduate from the University of the Philippines Los Banos, taking up major courses in Wildlife Biology.

A consistent scholar throughout his undergraduate days, his thesis on Ectoparasite Diversity and Host-Parasite Associations of Bats (Mammalia: Chiroptera) in Mount Makiling, Laguna, Philippines won 2nd place in the Undergraduate Poster Presentation at the 21st Annual Philippine Biodiversity Symposium last April 2012 at the National Museum of the Philippines.

Young as James may be, he has already several experiences as field assistant and demonstrator in several Museum activities. He is also currently involved in the preparation of a checklist of Batflies (Diptera: Nycteribiidae and Streblidae) in Mount Makiling and conducting preliminary surveys of Herpetofauna associated with caves in Puting Bato, Polillo Island, Quezon.

He is now taking up Master of Science in Wildlife Studies at the University of the Philippines Los Banos.