Ben is a Biologist at the Columbia Environmental Research Center.
Ben West began working in support of the USGS Columbia Environmental Research Center (CERC) in June 2020 as a Student Services Contractor on a project modeling the potential effects of oil spills on migratory birds. After additional contract and volunteer work supporting CERC through 2022, Ben was hired as a USGS employee in November 2022 to continue research into modeling oil spill effects on birds. In addition to his work on oiled bird modeling, Ben provides scientific writing and data analysis support for a variety of CERC Quantitative Ecology Section projects. Ben’s research interests are avian ecology, ecological modeling, analysis of ecological monitoring data, and data science in support of natural resource conservation and restoration.
Education and Certifications
M.S. in Wildlife Ecology with Statistics Minor, Iowa State University, 2020
B.A. in Biology, Bowdoin College, 2016