Dr Ben Garrod
Evolutionary biologist and great ape conservationist
Most recently, Ben featured in the Natural World documentary Red Ape: Saving the Orangutans on BBC Two.
Ben has also recently presented Hyper Evolution: Rise of the Robots on BBC Four and The Day the Dinosaurs Died on BBC Two, as well as presenting his second UK theatre tour, So You Think You Know About Dinosaurs...?! in Spring 2018.
Ben has a BSc in Animal Behaviour from Anglia Ruskin University, an MSc in Wild Animal Biology from the Royal Veterinary College and a PhD, which looked at monkey evolution on tropical islands, entitled 'Primates of the Caribbean' with the University College London and the Zoological Society of London. In addition to his role as Teaching Fellow at Anglia Ruskin University, he has presented a number of television programmes, including Attenborough and the Giant Dinosaur with Sir David Attenborough on BBC One, in addition to his own award-winning six-part BBC Four series Secrets of Bones. He has also presented The Human Hive on Radio4, in addition to the series Bone Stories.
Throughout the last decade, Ben has lived and worked all over the world, mainly within great ape conservation – spending several years in central Africa developing and managing a leading chimpanzee conservation field site for the renowned chimpanzee scientist Dr Jane Goodall, where amongst other things was responsible for habituating wild chimps. He has also worked extensively across South East Asia for an orangutan conservation charity, researched animal artifacts from Imperial Chinese tombs, marine life in Madagascar and studied introduced monkeys throughout the Caribbean archipelago. He has also repeatedly traveled to the Arctic archipelago of Svalbard, where he has helped lead wildlife watching tours. Ben is an accomplished public speaker and has spoken at a range of conferences, public debates and science festivals, including the Cheltenham Science Festival and for TEDx. He also writes science-based articles for The Guardian.
Ben grew up on coastal Norfolk and still likes nothing better than to get out on the beaches there to see which species (both dead and alive) he can find. He now lives in Bristol where despite not having any pets, he lives with Lola, an articulated howler monkey skeleton.
Ben is heavily involved in a wide range of charities and organisations. His affiliations include being a Trustee of the Jane Goodall Institute UK; an Ambassador for the Marine conservation Society; a Council member for the Primate Society of Great Britain (PSGB); Ambassador for the Norfolk Wildlife Trust; Ambassador for Bristol Museum; Patron for National Sciences Collections Association (NatSCA); and a Fellow of the Linnean Society.