James Parham is an evolutionary biologist at California State University-Fullerton, and the curator of paleontology at the John D. Cooper Archaeology and Paleontology Curation Center. He holds degrees from the University Rhode Island (Geology, BSc.) and the University of California-Berkeley (Integrative Biology, Ph.D). His postdoctoral training includes genomics (at the DOE Joint Genome Institute) and bioinformatics (at Biodiversity Synthesis Center). James has previously held positions as the curator of paleontology at the Alabama Museum of Natural History and as an assistant professor of biology at California State University-Bakersfield. His research interests include conservation genetics, systematic paleontology, and fossil calibrations. In all of these areas, his research utilizes, and demonstrates the important role of, museum specimens.