Marine ecologist Ben Halpern named a fellow of the Ecological Society of America

By UC Santa Barbara’s ‘The Current’

Ben Halpern

Ben Halpern Photo Credit: ELENA ZHUKOVA FOR UCOP

In recognition of his contributions to the field of ecology, UC Santa Barbara professor Benjamin Halpern has been named an Ecological Society of America (ESA) 2020 Fellow.

The society’s fellowship program recognizes the many ways in which its members contribute to ecological research and discovery, communication, education and pedagogy, and management and policy. Fellows, according to the ESA, “are members who have made outstanding contributions to a wide range of fields served by ESA, including, but not restricted to, those that advance or apply ecological knowledge in academics, government, non-profit organizations and the broader society.” They are elected for life.

“Ben’s contributions have changed how we collaborate, quantify and understand human impacts on the ocean,” said Steven Gaines, dean of UCSB’s Bren School for Environmental Science & Management. “His work is fundamental to scientists, policy makers and academics around the world who develop data-driven assessments of marine ecosystem health.”

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