Jim W. Harper

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Jim W. Harper


Raised in South Florida, Jim W. Harper is a citizen of the world, having lived abroad in Sweden, England, Switzerland, and Kuwait and having traveled on six continents, including a five-month independent trek across East Asia.

An environmental communications consultant and journalist with more than 20 years of experience, he is pursuing a masters of science in environmental studies. He was awarded a scholarship by the Florida Outdoor Writers Association. He’s a regular contributor to Swimmer magazine and a double columnist for Miami's Biscayne Times, including “Park Patrol,” a rating system for local parks. He may be the world's only professional local park critic.

In 2011 he studied the Deepwater Horizon (BP) Oil Spill in Louisiana at the Metcalf Institute for Marine & Environmental Reporting, and he also completed Cooper Fellow Training for climate communicators at the University of Miami. In 2006 he was selected for the Scripps-Howard Seminar for Environmental Journalism, and in 2002 he traveled across Paraguay as part of a Traveling Fulbright Program for educators. A member of the Society of Environmental Journalists, he holds a masters degree in mass communication.

Areas of Interest: Coastal and urban environment; sustainability; marine conservation; coral reefs; environmental attitudes; public outreach; journalism; international relations; essay writing; experiential education; sustainable seafood; cross-cultural relations; English as a Second Language; human health; competitive swimming.


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