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OnePlanet, Inc. and Dunes Learning Center

Elizabeth Benson

Conservation Fellow

ACEER Member since:  2021

Professional Affiliation: OnePlanet, Inc. and Dunes Learning Center

"Conservation means nurturing what natural systems and people need for robust health and long-term functioning, including the education and values necessary for sustaining it into the future."


Elizabeth is a biologist who loves studying ecology, food systems, and traditional knowledge. She has been working in the Peruvian Amazon since 2018 when she joined OnePlanet and has since concentrated on research and development of community-based stingless beekeeping, ecotourism, and mammal conservation projects with indigenous Maijuna partners. She is passionate about understanding and sharing the ecological wonder of Amazonian stingless bees through research and education. Elizabeth grew up exploring the Indiana Dunes and majored in ecology and evolution at Harvard University, where she studied pitcher plant microcosms and coral reef ecology.

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September 15, 2021
Sprawled on the palm floor of her home, I listen intently as Marcelina recounts the local bees she knows. With the...
August 26, 2021
The morning light is dimmed by the rainforest canopy as I scramble up the bank of the Sucusari River from our...