Bruce received a B.A. in chemistry and environmental studies from Williams, followed by M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in soil science from UVM. During these studies, he developed a keen interest in interdisciplinary learning related to the course topic that he used in his teaching at the University of Maryland, College Park, for 29 years. Now retired, he continues to thrive on new learning and ideas related to sustainability, environmental science, soils, environmental history, and agriculture.
Course Title: Rooting Civilization in the Soil: Peril and Promise (Winter Term 2019)
"This was among the very best courses I've taken at Osher. Bruce is well informed and had put a lot of effort into preparation, but was willing to allow the discussion to follow its course, so it made for a fun, informative, thoughtful class."
"Bruce James is a seasoned professor and was an excellent study leader. I appreciated how he effortlessly wove together history, soil science, ancient agricultral practices and climatology into such fascinating presentations."