Meet the ACEER >> Elizabeth Benson
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.