Ben is based in Oregon, USA, and is a Research Associate at both Oregon State University and at the University of Cambridge in the UK. He is working with IIS (from 2015) on a research project to understand the potential to spare land for nature in Brazil, through integration of agricultural and conservation policy. His primary research interests are in exploring how to manage land for multiple objectives, to meet the needs of people as well as those of other species. This leads him to measure biodiversity and other outcomes to understand trade-offs and synergies, and to investigate the potential impacts and unintended consequences of policy decisions. His research also examines the role of sustainability standards and certification in tropical agriculture, forest ecology and conservation in West Africa, and forest management in the Pacific Northwest.
Ben was awarded a B.A. (Mod.) in Zoology from Trinity College Dublin in 2000, and obtained his PhD at the University of Cambridge in 2010 for his thesis on land use, food production and the future of tropical forest species in Ghana.
Ben é bacharel em Zoologia pela Trinity College de Dublin, e possui doutorado pela University of Cambridge por sua tese sobre uso da terra, produção de alimentos e o future das espécies tropicais em Gana.