PhD Candidate
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Ben Best is PhD candidate building predictive distribution models of marine species and developing spatio-temporal frameworks for minimizing exposure risk of endangered animals to industry (e.g. military, shipping, fishing). He has worked on the OBIS-SEAMAP marine animal observation geoportal, Marine Geospatial Ecology Tools,  Census of Marine Life Map & Viz, and species distribution modeling of cetaceans (SERDPCetaceans & Sound Mapping). He is currently wrapping up his thesis while working full-time as the Senior Analyst for the Ocean Health Index, a research project housed at the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis at UC Santa Barbara. (CV)