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. 

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