Whether backpacking thru the rugged terrain of the Sierra Nevada or trekking across the arid regions of the American Southwest, James Amato’s passion to explore defines his character. An avid outdoorsman, James now looks to convert his lifelong love into a career in the field of geosciences.
Prior to pursuing his undergraduate degree at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, James spent over a decade working as a promoter and talent buyer for some of the most respected music and entertainment venues in the Midwest and West Coast. While the industry granted him notable success, his true adventure never stopped calling.
After living in Southern California for several years, James returned to his native Milwaukee in Spring 2013 and enrolled as a full-time, non-traditional student to pursue his Bachelor of Science degree in Geology. He graduated with commencement honors in Spring 2015, and began work on his Masters of Science degree in Fall 2015 at UW-Milwaukee under the guidance of Dr John Isbell and Dr. Julie Bowles. His research aim is to better understand if anisotropy of magnetic susceptibility (AMS) can be used to help interpret glaciogenic deposits of the Late Paleozoic Ice Age (LPIA) in the Paraná Basin, Brazil. In addition to his graduate research, James also completed a graduate certificate in Geographic Information Systems (GIS).