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.

HeadshotIn addition to HCN, my writing has appeared in Orion MagazineScientific American, The GuardianOnEarth, Pacific Standard, Grantland, Earth Island Journal, Conservation Magazine, Ensia, Modern Farmer, VICE News, Medium, The IndependentAudubon News, Green Futures, Yale Environment 360, Huffington Post, 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.

My fiction has appeared in the Bellevue Literary Review, Motherboard, the Allegheny Review, The Stringybark Stories, and elsewhere.

Click here to read a handful of favorite stories. Click here for the entire oeuvre.


2014: Frank Allen Field Reporting Award to cover invasive lake trout in Yellowstone National Park, granted by the Institute for Journalism and Natural Resources.

2014: COMPASS Fellowship to attend North American Congress for Conservation Biology in Missoula, Montana.

2013: Climate Change Resilience fellowship from the Solutions Journalism Network to report on the Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative.

2012: Bodie McDowell Scholarship from the Outdoor Writers Association of America.