- James has been involved in large scale river condition assessments for the past ten years. He has been a member of research teams that have adapted and devised methods for assessing the physical form of rivers across Victoria, Tasmania and the Murray Darling-Basin. The ability to collect high resolution remotely sensed data over large areas has allowed him to develop techniques for assessing the processes of erosion and their relatively efficacy after the 2011 Queensland floods. He has also devised a method for reporting riverbank condition over 29,000 kms of Victorian streams for government reporting and communication. Currently he is working on the assessing the recovery of river systems in Victoria to historic gold mining.