Hi, I’m Ben: environmental journalist, editor, and Beaver Believer.
My writing has appeared in Orion Magazine, Mother Jones, The Guardian, Science, High Country News, Scientific American, Outside, Audubon Magazine, Boston Magazine, OnEarth, Pacific Standard, Grantland, Earth Island Journal, Hakai Magazine, Conservation Magazine, Ensia, Modern Farmer, VICE News, The Independent, Green Futures, Yale Environment 360, World Wildlife, Nature Conservancy Magazine, The Last Word on Nothing, and other publications.
I’m also the author of Eager: The Surprising, Secret Life of Beavers and Why They Matter (coming in June 2018 from Chelsea Green Publishing, and available for preorder now).
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 the Bellevue Literary Review, Motherboard, the Allegheny Review, The Hopper, and The Stringybark Stories. My non-fiction has been anthologized in the 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.
Photo by Terray Sylvester.