James McNamara works as a conservation analyst at Breakthrough. He is a conservation biologist interested in understanding the relationships between people, wildlife and the environments they share. He works to achieve this through scientific research, film and photography. Although his specialist area is the wildlife trade in West Africa, his professional interests are broad, and at their core is a desire to further a deeper understanding of how, as a society, we can work towards safe guarding our natural heritage through informed and sustainable development. His work and personal travel have taken him to a variety of locations, from Papua to Afghanistan. More recently he drove overland from London to Mumbai with a close friend documenting the work of conservation projects in central and southern Asia.