Experienced evolutionary biologist and great ape conservationist
Ben has a BSc in Animal Behaviour from Anglia Ruskin University, an MSc in Wild Animal Biology from the Royal Veterinary College and is currently writing his PhD looking at monkey evolution on tropical islands, titled 'Primates of the Caribbean' with 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, several One Show films on everything from ghost dogs to his own facial reconstruction, in addition to his own award-winning six-part BBC Four series Secrets of Bones.
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 also travels to the Arctic archipelago of Svalbard most summers, where he helps 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. 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 being allowed pets in his flat, 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; 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.