- Ph.D. Mathematics, University of Tennessee, 2016
- M.S. Mathematics, University of Tennessee, 2013
- B.A. Mathematics, Franklin and Marshall College, 2008
- 2021-present: Research Scientist, NOAA Northeast Fisheries Science Center
- 2016-present: Associate Professor of Mathematics, Fitchburg State University
- 2014-2016: Graduate Research Associate, National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis (NIMBioS)
Ben’s training is in applying mathematical modeling techniques to biological systems. His specific research interests are in population modeling, infectious disease modeling, and distribution modeling. Ben regularly partners with experts in a given field to formulate dynamic models to understand systems, analyze potential threats, and consider management or intervention strategies. He has formulated and analyzed models on a wide range of topics including wild boar, the Ebola virus disease, COVID-19, and diamondback terrapins.
Ben is working with members of the Population Dynamics group in NOAA’s Northeast Fisheries Science Center to model how climate change and shifts in circulation alter the spatiotemporal distribution of fish in the northeast, with a focus on how the changes impact perceived abundance based on existing survey methods.