Ben Shanafelt

Joined: Apr 04, 2018 Last Active: Oct 05, 2022 iNaturalist

I studied at Quest University Canada where I obtained my Bachelor's Degree with a focus in Coastal Ecology, biodiversity, and species interactions. I am based in Seaside OR, and I have experience with marine inverts, plants, herps, fish, birds and mammals of the Pacific Northwest.

I am currently a Salmon Surveyor with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife where I conduct salmon counts and take relevant biological data from spawning salmon.

Past Status: Student, Washington Conservation Corps, AOI Fisheries observer.
Current Status: ODFW Salmon Surveyor

I was recently a fisheries observer with Alaskan Observers. I worked within the West Coast Groundfish Observation Program and collect fisheries data on the trawl and longliner fleet out of Astoria! Such a wonderful opportunity that I highly recommend to aspiring marine ecologists!

My undergrad Thesis project on iNat:

One (of the many) reasons I love iNaturalist is that this is a place of connection. There are so many naturalists who work together and interact here. Those who are experts in specific fields, students yearning to learn more, life-long or newfound enthusiasts of nature... I love interacting and learning from everyone here! Please send me a message to talk science :)

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