Jim Barnes was born in 1960 in Spokane, Washington where he attended grade school and high school. He graduated first in his class from Washington State University, in Pullman, with a degree in Anthropology. He went on to earn his doctorate in Sociocultural Anthropology from the University of Washington in Seattle where he taught for a number of years. In 2001 Jim met Frank Morton and became the defacto science expert for NWIDI, Frank’s private research group. In the fall of 2002, after three highly successful missions with NWIDI, Jim resigned from the university to become a principle researcher at the U.S. Navy’s underwater research facility in the Bahamas. Based on his work with NWIDI, he also became a sought-after speaker on the subject of ancient lost civilizations.