Jim W. Harper

mobile: 786.423.2665

email: Jim@Harperfish.com

North Miami, FL 33161


Ivy-League educated, reliable writer & leader with masters' degrees in arts & sciences

Areas of Expertise:

  • Environmental/Social Science Research

  • Journalism and Communications

  • Nonprofit Management

  • Education


M.S. Environmental Studies, Florida International University (2014)

Thesis: Stakeholder Perceptions and Preferences for Coral Reef Restoration and Sustainable Resource Management

M.A. Mass Communication, University of Florida (1996)
Thesis: A Global Mirage: Mass Media's Influence on Young Adolescents' Images of Foreigners

B.A. English Literature, Columbia University, NY (1990)
Keywords: Coastal and human environment; sustainability; coral reefs; climate change; ocean conservation; sustainable seafood; writing; editing; public relations; teaching; international leadership; human health; competitive swimming

Communications & Management Experience

(part-time & recent)

Senior Communications Consultant, Strategic Ocean Solutions, 2012-present
Write grants, develop and deliver curricula on sustainable seafood, and manage projects, including the creation of “Our Florida Reefs” for the Florida Department of Environmental Protection.

Contributor, Swimmer magazine, 2007-present
Write in-depth profiles of competitive swimmers and health issues for national audience.

Columnist, Biscayne Times, Miami, 2006-present
Photograph and compose magazine-style features and monthly columns about local environmental issues (Going Green) and urban parks (Park Patrol).

Positions at Florida International University, Miami:

1) Editor, University Graduate School, 2012-2014
2) Adjunct Professor, Departments of English & Communication, 2010-2012
​Taught English composition and business communication courses.

Program Manager (Interim), Environmental Coalition of Miami & the Beaches, 2012 Summer
Executed annual fundraiser; managed program during search for replacement.

Outdoor Educator, Shake-A-Leg Miami, 2011-2012
Kayaked and explored Biscayne Bay ecosystem with special needs students.


Senior Writer, Miami Dade College, 2007-2009
Served as primary writer for president and board of largest college in U.S.

Positions at University of Miami:
1) Director, Pew Fellows Program in Marine Conservation, 2004-2005
Managed relocation from Boston and operations of prestigious international award.
2) Media Relations Officer, 2003-2004
Managed press relations for engineering and science.

​Director of Communications, Research for Better Schools, Philadelphia, PA, 1999-2002
Promoted from communications specialist. Managed publication of books, revision of website, creation of electronic newsletter, and production of print newsletter. Supported conferences and outreach within five-state region with focus on mathematics and science education.

Program Officer, Eisenhower Fellowships, Philadelphia, PA, 1997-1999
Created professional, traveling fellowships for mid-career leaders from around the world. Organization chaired by President George H. W. Bush.  

Teaching Experience


ELS Language Centers, Barry University, Miami Shores, 2005-2007; 2009-2010
Taught English as a Second Language to foreign students preparing for college.

Positions at TASIS (The American School in Switzerland):
1) Thorpe, England, 1993-1994 Summers
2) Lugano, Switzerland, 1992-1993
Taught British and American literature.

Al-Bayan Bilingual School, Kuwait, 1993-1994

The Stony Brook School, NY, 1991-1992 Summers

Lola Rodriguez de Tio Middle School (I.S. 162), South Bronx, NY, 1990-1992


~ Best Poster Presentation, FIU Scholarly Forum (2014)
~ Best Oral Presentation, FIU Earth and Environment Department (2014)
~ Honorable Mention, Miami Public Space Challenge (2013)
~ Scholarship, Florida Outdoor Writers Association (2012)
~ Metcalf Institute for Marine and Environmental Reporting, Science Seminar, Louisiana (2011): aftermath of the Deep Horizon oil spill
~ Cooper Fellow for Empowering Capable Climate Communicators, University of Miami (2011): seminar on global climate change
~ Scripps-Howard Seminar for Environmental Journalism, Florida Atlantic University (2006): field-based investigations of environmental issues in southern Florida
~ Traveling Fulbright Program for Educators, Paraguay (2002): One month, country-wide traveling fellowship with an emphasis on environmental issues
~ Scholar Athlete/Swimming for senior with leading GPA, Columbia University (1990)
~ Rotary Clubs International Exchange Student, Sweden (1985-86)

Personal & Social Media


Other Recent

~ President, 350 South Florida (2013-present)
~ Blogger, The Sustainable Seafoodie (2012-present)
~ Board Advisor, Environmental Coalition of Miami & the Beaches (2011-present)
~ Member, Society of Environmental Journalists (2009-present)
~ Co-founder, Blue Drinks South Florida (2011-present)
~ Captain, Nadadores Swim Team (2008-2010)