Ben has worked for the National Council since 1990. His current projects support industry's efforts to develop innovative, cost-effective strategies to sustainably manage forests and enhance biological diversity. Prior to his tenure with NCASI, Ben was an assistant and associate professor of forest wildlife ecology for the University of Arkansas-Monticello. He has B.S. (forestry), M.S. (wildlife ecology), and Ph.D. (wildlife ecology) degrees from Mississippi State University.