Ben Shanafelt

Joined: Apr 04, 2018 Last Active: Jun 23, 2022 iNaturalist

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

I am currently a fisheries observer with Alaskan Observers. I work 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!

In the Summer of 2018, I created an All-Taxa Biodiversity Inventory for Dabob Bay in Washington using iNaturalist. While this isn't a priority focus of mine at the moment, any ID help is always appreciated!

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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