With a natural affinity for the outdoors, Ben enjoys completing ecological surveys and recreational pursuits in challenging environments.
Joining our Ōtepoti team in March 2022 from Ryder Environmental, Ben is a Principal Ecologist and our Dunedin Ecology Manager.
Ben is a freshwater Ecologist with an MSc in Zoology from Otago University. He has over 20 years’ consulting experience, comprising compliance monitoring associated with a range of activities and specialises in assessments of freshwater communities.
Ben manages projects across Otago and Southland and contributes to larger projects throughout New Zealand. His role as Dunedin Ecology Manager includes managing the team and laboratory processes. He prides himself on transferring knowledge and skills to other colleagues and ensuring high standards are maintained.
In his spare time, Ben enjoys outdoor activities including tramping, off-road running, orienteering, and rogaining. He finds that having endurance and navigation skills can come in handy when out in the field in difficult conditions.
Areas of Expertise
Freshwater Ecosystem Monitoring - Water Quality, Periphyton, Macrophytes, Macroinvertebrates and Fish
Freshwater Taxonomy - Native Fish, Macroinvertebrates, Benthic Algae and Macrophytes, Lake/Pond Planktonic Algae and Zooplankton
Assessment and Mitigation of Environmental Effects in Freshwater Environments
Laboratory Analyses of Periphyton/Phytoplankton (Biomass and Identification)