About

Hello, I’m Ben: Environmental journalist, children’s book author, and sea slug aficionado. At present I’m a Seattle-based correspondent at High Country News, for whom I write about wildlife, conservation, land use, etcetera. My favorite stories involve interesting approaches to carnivore conservation and fisheries managementscience. (“Bears and salmon” is how I’d summarize my interests.) But I’ll write about darn near anything.In the future, Ben will spend all his days on oyster boats. Photo by Geoff Giller.

In addition to High Country News, my writing has appeared in The Guardian, Scientific American, OnEarth, Pacific StandardEarth Island Journal, Conservation Magazine, Modern Farmer, 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.

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.