In addition to acting as a protected natural area for teaching and research in the sciences, it is also available as an engineering testing ground for various sensor-related and ecosystem monitoring technologies. The primary research group using the James Reserve at this time is the Center for Embedded Network Sensing. Over the internet, researchers, students and the interested public may unobtrusively visit and view nature via a webcam observatory, which includes an interactive robotic camera. Devices in the outdoor laboratory allow non-intrusive, around-the-clock monitoring.
The Director of the Reserve is Michael P. Hamilton, Ph.D., an ecologist and conservation biologist. He is currently serving as scientific advisor for the Society for Conservation GIS, an organization with 1000 members worldwide that trains and supports academic and NGO professionals involved in nature protection and conservation biology using remote sensing and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technologies.
Overnight accommodations for researchers and school groups may be made for the on-site Trailfinders Lodge. Visitation is by permission only.