James Halfpenny is a scientist and educator from Gardiner, Montana, whose background is mammalogy and ecology including polar, alpine, long-term specialties. He has been tracking since 1957 and teaching tracking since 1969.
His writing, photographs, and classes have been featured in Backpacker, BEARS Magazine, College Science Teacher, Colorado Outdoors, Field and Stream, Natural History, New York Times, Outdoor Photographer, Outside Magazine, Ranger Rick, Science World, Sierra, Sports Afield, Summit, and Wyoming Wildlife.
Since 1961, Jim has taught outdoor education and environmental programs for state, federal, and private organizations including among others Aspen Center for Environmental Sciences, Audubon, Colorado Outward Bound School, National Outdoor Leadership School, National Wildlife Federation, Nature Conservancy, Sierra Club, Smithsonian, Teton Science School, Wilderness Society, Yellowstone Institute, various Universities and state wildlife agencies, and Rocky Mountain, Grand Teton, Yellowstone, and Glacier National Parks.
Jim has conducted research and led expeditions to the four corners of the world including both polar regions, the deserts and mountains of China and Africa, and the forests of the tropics. Jim is a member of the Explorer's Club and a Vietnam Veteran.