Ben Benson



(707) 591-9310

Ben is an environmental anthropologist and cultural ecologist who specializes in understanding the systems of environmental management that are utilized by Native cultures throughout the world to establish long-term sustainability. With publications in ethnobotany, ethnographic art, and environmental science, Ben is also a well-known public speaker and instructor at Santa Rosa Junior College and Pepperwood. Ben also serves as a museum anthropologist and exhibit curator who has designed four small museums, including the Sarah Jesse Peter Museum at SRJC. As Cultural Resources Coordinator, Ben helps to incorporate the Native environmental perspectives of the Pomo, Miwok, and Wappo into Pepperwood’s long-term planning. Ben’s field research illuminates the preserve’s “prehistory” with a focus on the ancient obsidian tools found at Pepperwood’s cultural sites.