Ben received a B.S. in Natural Resource Conservation and Management from the University of Kentucky in
2007. He worked as an Assistant Naturalist at Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill in Harrodsburg, KY for two years
and as a Wildlife Technician for the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife monitoring raptors and
grassland songbirds. Since joining the lab his research has focused on the response of tall fescue to
eradication attempts in the context of a native warm season grassland restoration. He hopes to elucidate the
spatial relationships between above ground cover, environmental factors (such as soil depth and chemistry,
location in the landscape), and management practices (herbicide application and prescribed fire).