About

Hi, I’m Ben: environmental journalist, editor, and Beaver Believer.

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I’m the author of Eager: The Surprising, Secret Life of Beavers and Why They Matter, winner of the 2019 PEN/E.O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award and named one of the best books of 2018 by the Washington Post. I’m also the recipient of a 2019 Alicia Patterson Fellowship, through which I’ll be covering the global ecological impacts of roads.

My writing has appeared in Orion Magazine, Mother Jones, The Guardian, Science, The Washington Post, High Country News, Outside, SmithsonianNational Geographic, Pacific Standard, Audubon Magazine, Boston Magazine, Scientific American, OnEarthYale Environment 360, Grantland, Earth Island Journal, Hakai Magazine, Conservation Magazine, Ensia, Modern Farmer, VICE News, World Wildlife Magazine, The Last Word on Nothing, and other publications.

Previously, I edited and coordinated the Solutions Journalism Network‘s “Small Towns, Big Change” project, an award-winning multi-newsroom collaborative that produced solutions-oriented coverage of social and environmental issues. I also served as editor-in-chief of Sage Magazine, award-winning environmental publication at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. And from 2014 to 2016 I worked as a correspondent for the western magazine High Country News.

My fiction has appeared in publications including Motherboard, the Bellevue Literary Review, the Allegheny Review, and The Hopper, which nominated me for a Pushcart Prize in 2017. My non-fiction has been anthologized in The Best American Science & Nature Writing and 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 hold a Masters of Environmental Management from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and a B.A. in English and Environmental Studies from Amherst College. I’m happiest with a scuba tank strapped to my back or a fly rod in my hand.

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

Photo by Terray Sylvester.