Ben joined ONDA in 2012 to serve as our John Day Basin Program Coordinator. He assumed the additional role of Stewardship Director in 2015 and enjoys blending his love for the high desert with his passion for the permanent protection and stewardship of its most wild places.
Ben has conducted frog research for New Zealand’s Department of Conservation, thru-hiked the Pacific Crest Trail, taught forest ecology at the Opal Creek Ancient Forest Center, served as Central Oregon Field Organizer for the Oregon League of Conservation Voters, and focused on working lands conservation as the Outreach Coordinator for 1000 Friends of Oregon. Ben earned bachelor’s degree in anthropology from the University of Colorado-Boulder.
When not working, Ben explores Central Oregon’s wild places on foot, skis, and by bike. To him, there is no finer place on earth.