About

Hey, I’m Ben: Environmental journalist, children’s book author, sea slug aficionado. At present I’m a Seattle-based correspondent at High Country News, for whom I write about wildlife, conservation, and land use. My two great loves are marine biology and innovative approaches to carnivore conservation, but I’ll cover darn near anything.In the future, Ben will spend all his days on oyster boats. Photo by Geoff Giller.

In addition to HCN, my writing has appeared in Scientific American, The GuardianOnEarth, Pacific StandardEarth Island Journal, Conservation Magazine, Modern Farmer, VICE News, Medium, The Independent, Green Futures, Yale Environment 360, The Huffington Post, 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 Allegheny Review and the Bellevue Literary Review.

Awards

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.