Ben worked on the "Effects of simulated climate change on plant seedling counts" while he was a REU in 2007. Ben's mentor was University of New Mexico, Department of Biology Professor Dr. Eric Toolson.
Ben graduated from Willamette in May 2010, work as a fisheries observer out of Eureka, CA from Jan. - Aug. 2011 (where he spent a great deal of time waiting to go out to sea!) and is now attending Old Dominion University (Norfolk, VA) pursuing a master's in biology, focused on marine (behavioral) ecology, but no exact topic set as of yet. Probably working on crustaceans (blue crabs here in VA or spiny lobsters in the Florida Keys)