The Gulf of Mexico Avian Monitoring Network is pleased to welcome Ben Wilson to the team. Ben has been awarded a 2018 NAS Gulf Research Program Science-Policy Fellowship, hosted by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Gulf Restoration Office in Lafayette, LA where he will assist with several on-going Gulf related projects, to include GoMAMN and GoMMAPPS. Ben will also be compiling and distributing the quarterly newsletter for GOMAMN.
Ben holds a Ph.D. in ecology from Florida International University (FIU) and an M.S. in marine biology from the Dauphin Island Sea Lab and University of Alabama. His research has focused on how coastal wetlands respond to environmental stressors in a changing climate, specifically how sea level rise and saltwater intrusion will affect plant and soil communities. Ben strives to communicate the importance of coastal ecosystems, and the threat climate change poses to them, beyond an academic audience. As a Science Communication Fellow with the Frost Science Museum in Miami, Florida, he has participated in countless outreach events around the Miami community. Ben is excited to start his career in conservation and science policy.