As an artist, James is well known for his natural history based works. He has produced acclaimed books on the diversity of trout and marine fishes; exhibited widely; and painted murals for institutions including The Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. As a writer, James has published numerous popular books and contributed to National Geographic and the New York Times. As a filmmaker, he has retraced Izaak Walton’s steps and traveled the world to tell the story of mysterious eel migrations for PBS Nature. For James, trout, eels, elk and other creatures are not as different as they may seem: in today’s world, all of them encounter the same kinds of boxes and boundaries we impose on the natural world.