BS, University of Washington (Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation Biology), 2012
Ben is a PhD candidate in the School of Environment and Sustainability (SEAS) whose research focuses on trees in the Great Lakes region and their response to climate change. His dissertation aims to mechanistically link shifts in foliar phenology of tree seedlings to individual performance and population-level recruitment dynamics for sugar maple (Acer saccharum) and northern red oak (Quercus rubra). Ben has a bachelor’s of science in biology (ecology, evolution, and conservation biology) from the University of Washington. His research there focused on recruitment dynamics of western red cedar (Thuja plicata) and western hemlock (Tsuga heterophylla) in urban mixed-deciduous forests in Seattle. At the University of Michigan, Ben has been involved with outreach programs including ‘Climate Change and Michigan Cherries’ and ‘Climate Change and Michigan Forests’, both of which aim to develop climate change curricula for K-12 students in Ann Arbor area schools.
- Ettinger, A., Lee, B.R., and Montgomery, S. 2017. Seed limitation and lack of downed wood, not invasive species, threaten conifer regeneration in an urban forest. Urban Ecosystems. DOI: 10.1007/s11252-016-0640-3
- Ibáñez, I., Katz, D.S.W., Lee, B.R. In review. Capitalizing on natural variability to predict tree seedling recruitment dynamics in changing environments.