About

Hey, I’m Ben: environmental journalist, editor, and sea slug aficionado. 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.

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My writing has appeared in Orion Magazine, Mother Jones, The Guardian, Science, High Country News, Scientific American, Boston Magazine, OnEarth, Pacific Standard, Grantland, Earth Island Journal, Hakai Magazine, Conservation Magazine, Ensia, Modern Farmer, VICE News, re:form, The IndependentAudubon News, Green Futures, Yale Environment 360, World Wildlife, Nature Conservancy Magazine, The Last Word on Nothing, and elsewhere.

I’m the former editor of the Solutions Journalism Network‘s “Small Towns, Big Change” project, a multi-newsroom collaborative that produces solutions-style reporting about a variety 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, 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.

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

Photo by Terray Sylvester.