James (Jim) Sears is a structural geology professor at the University of Montana, where he has taught since 1982. He received his Ph.D. from Queen's University in 1979. A field-oriented geologist, he taught structural geology at Auburn University for 4 years. Jim specializes in the structural evolution of the Montana Rocky Mountain fold-thrust belt, and has recently developed a thrust rotational model linking the Montana and Canadian Rockies fold-thrust belts in collaboration with R. A. Price.