James Lowery is retired from an administrative position at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and considers himself an “Amateur Scientist.”
He is involved in environmental education and is a member of ten Boards of Directors, Advisory Councils, and Commissions including ones related to environmental education, water quality monitoring, river protection, science and science research, historic railroads, and impact crater. He serves as an officer on four of the Boards.
He gives presentations concerning constructed wetlands for wastewater treatment, creeks and streams he has walked, the Historic Birmingham Mineral Railroad, the Wetumpka (Alabama) Impact Crater, the La Brea Tar Pits in Los Angeles, Antarctica, and the Netherlands. He conducts guided tours of the Wetumpka (Alabama) Impact Crater (Astrobleme) as well as interpretive guided tours of Shades Creek and local historic railroad sites.
He enjoys being on local streams and rivers as a member of the Friends of Shades Creek, the Birmingham Canoe Club, and other river organizations; viewing the daytime and nighttime sky as a member of the Birmingham Astronomical Society; and hunting fossils as a member of the Alabama Paleontological Society.
James has traveled to Antarctica seven times and states that it is his most favorite place on Earth. He also has traveled on the waters of southeast Alaska assisting with whale acoustics research.