Vertebrate ecology; oceanography; conservation biology; spatial ecology.
Ben started in the Research Ecology Lab during his 3rd year of undergraduate study (BSc). During this time, he studied the distribution of cetaceans in Australia’s North West, and generated species distribution models for the region. Ben then completed his Honours Degree with the lab, where he examined how seabird communities interact with the Bonney Upwelling. He also determined how seabird communities, and upwelling activity have changed over time. This research is ongoing and aims to inform ecological management and practice into the future. Ben is extremely passionate about marine conservation and limiting the effects of anthropogenic activity on polar ecosystems. In particular, Ben takes a keen interest in marine predators and their role in regulating the marine environment.
In his spare time, Ben enjoys snowboarding, rock climbing, and photography.