Whether backpacking thru the rugged terrain of the High Sierra or trekking across the arid regions of the American Southwest, James Amato’s passion to explore defines his character. Prior to pursuing a degree in Geology, James spent over a decade working as a talent buyer and promoter for a handful of music venues across the US. 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 BS degree in Geosciences at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He graduated with commencement honors in Spring 2015, and began work on his MS degree in Fall 2015 under the guidance of Dr John Isbell and Dr. Julie Bowles at UW-Milwaukee. His research aim was 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. A project with emphasis in sedimentology, geophysics, and geomorphology. In addition to his graduate research, James also completed a graduate certificate in Geographic Information Systems (GIS).

In Fall 2017 James began working for the Department of Geology at UW-Oshkosh as their Instrumentation Specialist. His primary responsibilities include overseeing and maintaining all the geological instrumentation within the department, train and assist students and faculty in the use of the equipment, and co-instruct the UWO Geology Field Camp. James currently is working on publishing several manuscripts from his graduate research, and continues to broaden his knowledge of GIS. 



James Amato
Dept. of  Geology / Harrington Hall
University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh
845 Elmwood Ave #122, Oshkosh, WI 54901 amatoj@uwosh.edu / (920) 424-2268