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Science Policy Fellow - Benjamin Wilson

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US Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS)


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Funding Organization

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine – Gulf Research Program (NASEM - GRP)

Funding Program

NASEM Gulf Research Program Fellowships


Project Category

Human and Social

Project Actions

Education and Outreach

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Human and/or Institutional Capacity

Project Description

Dr. Wilson holds a Ph.D. in ecology from Florida International University (FIU) and an M.S. in marine biology from the Dauphin Island Sea Lab and University of Alabama. His research has focused on how coastal wetlands respond to environmental stressors in a changing climate, specifically how sea level rise and saltwater intrusion will affect plant and soil communities. Dr. Wilson has received many awards for his research, including Best Dissertation by the FIU College of Arts, Sciences, and Education; the NSF Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant; the FIU Dissertation Year Fellowship; and the Ecological Society of America’s Braun Award for Best Student Poster. Dr. Wilson also strives to communicate the importance of coastal ecosystems, and the threat climate change poses to them, beyond an academic audience. As a Science Communication Fellow with the Frost Science Museum in Miami, Florida, he has participated in countless outreach events around the Miami community.


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