Education: BS and PHD in Biological Sciences
Ben grew up exploring the Virginia forests and found a deep connection with nature. He enjoys birding, mushrooms, and can always find a good climbing tree. He studied microbiology in graduate school and plerked (play + work) hard to figure out how bacteria navigate through the soil. Combined with a new skill set for investigation, and a new found ability to teach, his passion for the wilderness has only grown since. There is so much to discover outside and he can't wait to share his experiences with others at Pali Institute.