Ben is chief of the Pennsylvania Game Commission's Habitat Division, where he also serves as the agency's Fire Program Manager. Ben holds a Ph.D. in Forestry and Wildlife Science from the University of Tennessee, and M.S. in Wildlife and Fisheries Science from Mississippi State, and a B.S. in Wildlife and Fisheries (Forest Science minor) from Penn State.
Ben's fire work began on the Homochitto National Forest investigating effects of prescribed fire (especially growing season fire) and forest management on wild turkey habitat. From there he worked on the Nantahala National Forest in western North Carolina assessing forest management and prescribed fire practices for ruffed grouse. He is currently working to grow the Game Commission's fire program and develop strategies for landscape-scale fire use. The Pennsylvania Game Commission owns or manages nearly 2 million acres and currently uses prescribed fire on about 10,000 acres annually. Professional interests include fire history, impacts of land management practices on wildlife and the use of forest management to improve wildlife habitat.