Ben Johnson coordinates Research and Outreach for SHIFT.
Growing up in Montana’s Bitterroot Valley, Ben enjoyed some of the most expansive Wilderness and roadless areas in the continental United States as his big backyard. Not fully understanding this privilege until growing up a little bit more, he has since pursued a career focused around the intersections of humans and landscapes, teaching undergraduate field courses for the Wild Rockies Field Institute in Wyoming, Montana, Utah, Alberta, and British Columbia covering the gamut of environmental studies topics, as well as introducing a younger demographic of students to their own backyards via place-based education programs for the Teton Science Schools. In joining SHIFT, he brings a rounded knowledge of Western conservation history and issues, as well as a passion for the exploration of wild places. He holds a master’s degree in Science Education and Environment & Natural Resources from the University of Wyoming, as Well as a Humanities degree from Fort Lewis College. When he’s not in the SHIFT office or out in the field with students, you can find him dreaming, scheming, and chasing ski mountaineering objectives, always carrying a little extra training weight in the form of a bulky camera.