A native of Concord, Massachusetts, Ben graduated from Carleton College in 2011. Ben studied human-wildlife conflict among Maasai communities in northern Tanzania for his undergraduate thesis, and recently completed his Master’s degree in Conservation Biology and Sustainable Development at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. His research integrated fieldwork and spatial analysis to examine the relationship between Eurasian spoonbill habitat and human alterations to natural water regimes at Poyang Lake, China.
After college, Ben worked both in Boston and around the Pacific, picking up work monitoring reptile populations for New Zealand’s Department of Conservation, mapping a jungle trail network for a Malaysian NGO, setting stoat traps for a land trust in Fiordland National Park, and assisting with a tuatara breeding and reintroduction program on a remote Hauraki Gulf island. Most recently, Ben worked as a consultant for a Boston-area geospatial start-up and as a GIS Assistant for The Nature Conservancy’s Wisconsin office. When not playing with maps, Ben can be found exploring mountains, snowboarding, playing Ultimate Frisbee, rooting for the Boston Celtics, or dreaming up travel plans to some remote destination.
Contact Ben Sullender
431 West Seventh Avenue, Suite 101
Anchorage, AK, 99501