John's career as an educator and curriculum advisor began many years earlier as an author writing books and columns that were widely adapted and used in Japanese national textbooks and university entrance exams.
At Chubu University, Gathright leads a special tree-climbing program
for university students who are preparing for careers in special-needs education
, as well as elementary and junior high school teachers
Presently, Gathright is also leading a team of young researchers who are using tree climbing techniques to conduct canopy research. Examples include Musasabi
(Japanese Giant Flying Squirrels) and Tardigrades.
Outside of the lecture hall, John conducts ongoing research, and frequently represents Chubu University at speaking engagements, as well as, media and promotional events.