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Ben Wahle
Science Communication Intern



2020 Horns Point Road
Cambridge, MD 21613
United States

Phone: (410) 221-2044
Cell: (831) 238-6366
Email: bwahle@ca.umces.edu

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PERSONAL DETAILS

NameBen Wahle
Emailbwahle@ca.umces.edu

EDUCATION

 Bachelor of Science - Environmental Biology and Management
 University of California, Davis - 2010
 
 UC Davis Bodega Marine Lab - 2009
 Resident Summer Research Session "Marine Organisms and Ecology of the California Coast"

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
 
 Program Assistant - Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Coral Reef Conservation
 Program, 2013 - 2014
 Assisted FDEP’s Coral Reef Conservation Program (CRCP) with coordination of two stakeholder
 working groups engaged in a community planning process (called Our Florida Reefs) to recommend
 management actions to increase protection for southeast Florida’s coral reefs. Primary duties:
 participated in development of the OFR process timeline and planning of day-long working group
 meetings, facilitated breakout groups developing management actions, took detailed meeting
 minutes, managed the OFR website and email accounts, and booked large meeting venues.
 Frequently represented FDEP at public outreach events and gave presentations on CRCP programs
 to local stakeholder groups. Secondary duties: helped design an interactive decision support tool
 for marine spatial planning, wrote an educational primer on Marine Protected
 Areas, operated FDEP vessels during field research, moderated weekly conference calls, and
 ordered and prepped food and meeting supplies.

 Marine Science Instructor - Seacamp/Newfound Harbor Marine Institute, 2013
 Taught principles of marine science (oceanography, tropical marine ecology, fish and invertebrate
 biology, and environmental science) to visiting school groups and residential campers in the Florida
 Keys. Primary duties: operated 14’ single-engine and 24.5’ twin-engine boats, supervised
 snorkelers and scuba divers studying seagrass beds and coral reefs, measured water quality on
 nearshore reefs, collected and cared for marine fish and invertebrates, led non-lethal experiments
 on marine invertebrates, and participated in scuba surveys of coral cover and fish counts.
 Secondary duties: coordinated logistics for school group visits by developing a course curriculum
 and scheduling staff, removed marine debris and invasive lionfish from the Florida Keys National
 Marine Sanctuary, cleaned vessels, and maintained facilities and lab equipment.

 Research Contractor - Marine Conservation Institute, 2012 - 2013
 Analyzed the management plans of marine protected areas (MPAs) in Australia and Western Pacific
 islands and proposed MPAs around the world to evaluate their protection levels for an online
 database (www.mpatlas.org) of MPAs worldwide. Developed written profiles of individual marine
 protected areas and country-level MPA networks and uploaded them onto the MPAtlas website.

 Congressional Intern - Office of Congressman Sam Farr (CA-20), 2011
 Wrote letters in response to constituent comments, assisted staff with research, policy analysis,
 and writing on environmental issues in pending legislation such as marine debris and public lands
 management, attended and took notes during congressional hearings and briefings, gave guided
 tours of the US Capitol, answered phones and greeted office visitors.

 Ocean Policy Intern - Marine Conservation Institute, 2011
 Conducted policy research and briefed staff on recent developments in marine science and
 conservation policy, wrote entries for the company blog, scheduled lobbying appointments with
 congressional staff, attended and took notes during ocean-related congressional hearings and
 briefings, answered phones and provided administrative assistance as needed.

SKILLS & ACTIVITIES
 Scuba diving in temperate and sub-tropical waters on coral reefs, wrecks, and kelp forests
 Species identification of marine fish, invertebrates (including coral), plants, and algae in the sub
 tropical Atlantic and temperate Pacific coasts of the United States
 Operating, trailering, and towing 14’ – 26’ motorboats and sailboats
 Operating ATVs, 4x4 trucks, and off-road vehicles on sand and rugged terrain
 Accomplished public speaker, experience presenting before large and small groups
 Skilled writer; experience writing official correspondence, web content, meeting minutes, and
 educational factsheets
 Proficient with Window and Mac operating systems, Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook,
 ArcGIS, and WordPress web design software
 Able to work well independently or as part of a team
 Avid runner and swimmer and former member UC Davis Men’s Water Polo Club

CERTIFICATIONS
 Open Water Lifeguarding, 1st Aid, CPR/AED, and Oxygen Administration - American Red Cross
 (4/12/15 – Exp. 4/12/17)
 Emergency Medical Responder - Maryland Emergency Medical Services Institute
 (10/2/15 - Exp. 10/2/17)
 Advanced Open Water (11/25/05) and Rescue (12/12/05) SCUBA - PADI (Lifetime)
 Open Water (7/10/02) and Rescue (6/24/13) SCUBA - NAUI (Lifetime)
 Florida Boater Safety Education Cardholder - Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
 (1/11/13 – Lifetime)