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Jim Thompson
Cave Research Scientist

Jim Thompson, a former US Navy Tactical Air Controller, is a commercial multi engine pilot and conducts airborne thermography from his hot air balloon "Flourish." He is also an advanced open water instructor and a master scuba diver.

He retired from over 25 years of owning a nationwide disaster restoration company which specialized in cleaning up after industrial catastrophes and now devotes his time to infrared research using thermography to locate caves and working on his captains license at sea. He also works as an instructor at a  dive shop in Clearwater, Florida.

Jim's papers into thermographic research are published in the US and abroad.  As a member of the NASA Atacama Desert Science Team 2006, he conducted extensive thermographic research of cave entrances in the Atacama Desert Chile. He was on the 2007 and 2008 Spaceward Bound Expeditions to the Mojave Desert in California, NASA Spaceward Bound Australian Outback Science Expedition 2009, and was the expedition photographer for Pavilion Lake 2008. He taught at at the International Space University, ACCESS MARS program, 2009 at NASA Ames and both NASA Mojave Desert Science Expeditions 2010 and 2010-1. I

He is the chairman of the Florida Chapter of The Explorers Club, a lifetime member of the National Speleological Society, a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, and CEO of Out There Expeditions LLC

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