Benjamin Bravo (he/him/) joined in July 2021 under the Growing Community with Nature initiative. As a Stewardship Specialist, he works with the stewardship team to engage volunteers and students in habitat restoration and land stewardship activities. He looks forward to the opportunity to connect people to the land and wildlife.
Benjamin grew up near Long Beach, California. With the San Gabriel Riverbed bike path so close to home, Benjamin practically grew up on the bike path. He was able to observe urban wildlife while on bike rides with his family. As a Cub Scout and Boy Scout, Ben had many great outdoor adventures and learned how to be a good steward of the land and his community.
Benjamin first became acquainted with the Bay Area as a student at Stanford University. While at Stanford, Ben found a second home at Stanford’s Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve. Ben was able to connect to Jasper Ridge as a docent, mountain-bike ranger, camera trap volunteer, and researcher. He conducted his undergraduate honors thesis on the habitat distribution and nocturnal behavior of the Dusky-footed Woodrat at Jasper Ridge. He earned his B.S. in Earth Systems and M.S. in Earth Systems, with a focus on wildlife, GIS, and preserve management. He conducted his master’s project on the use of camera traps for research, management, and public engagement at Arastradero Preserve. He also worked as a GIS and ecology teaching assistant.
After college, Benjamin served as a Habitat Restoration Technician for Huron Pines Americorps Program in northern Michigan. In between environmental jobs, Benjamin worked as a private GIS and statistics tutor. Most recently, Benjamin worked as a Preserve Resources Manager for the Sonoma State University’s Center for Environmental Inquiry. He managed their invasive species program, GIS data, camera traps, Copeland Creek restoration project, and assisted with video production for the Virtual Field project.
In his free time, Benjamin enjoys playing and creating board games with his wife, watching movies, reading, playing rock songs on his keyboard, road cycling, and participating in Zwift (virtual) road bike races.