Hey, I’m Ben: Environmental journalist, children’s book author, and sea slug aficionado. At present I’m a correspondent at High Country News, for which I write about wildlife, conservation, and land use. I also freelance for a bunch of publications. My two great loves are marine biology and innovative approaches to carnivore conservation, but I’ll cover darn near anything. Especially beavers. I really like beavers.
In addition to HCN, my writing has appeared in Orion Magazine, Scientific American, The Guardian, Science, Boston Magazine, OnEarth, Pacific Standard, Grantland, Earth Island Journal, Hakai Magazine, Conservation Magazine, Ensia, Modern Farmer, VICE News, re:form, The Independent, Audubon News, Green Futures, Yale Environment 360, World Wildlife, Nature Conservancy Magazine, The Last Word on Nothing, and elsewhere. I’m also the former Editor-in-Chief of Sage Magazine, award-winning environmental publication at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, as well as an editor at the Solutions Journalism Network.
My fiction has appeared in the Bellevue Literary Review, Motherboard, the Allegheny Review, and The Stringybark Stories. My non-fiction has been anthologized in the essay collection Cosmic Outlaws: Coming of Age at the End of Nature. I’ve spoken about environmental storytelling at venues including Stanford and Yale universities, the American Fisheries Society, and the North American Congress for Conservation Biology. I’m happiest with a scuba tank strapped to my back or a fly rod in my hand.