Ben Mirin is a biologist, artist, educator, explorer and television host. He leads expeditions around the world recording animal sounds to advance scientific research, and samples their voices to create music and art that inspires and educates future conservationists. Thanks to a Graduate Research Fellowship from the National Science Foundation, he is currently a graduate student at Cornell University.
Ben is the creator and host of the digital and television series WILD BEATS on National Geographic Kids and Nat Geo Wild, and a National Geographic Explorer. He is also a Fellow at The Safina Center and The Explorers Club, an Ambassador at The Cornell Lab of Ornithology, and the first Artist in Residence at the Bronx Zoo.
As a lifelong naturalist and musician, Ben combines his two passions to capture untold stories about nature through sound. His work has been recognized with multiple grants from the National Geographic Society and previous art residencies at the National Centre for Biological Sciences in Bangalore, India and the Lurie Garden at the Chicago Art Institute. He is the recipient of the 2017 Scott Pearlman Field Award in Exploration from the Explorers Club, a three-time recipient of the Carl Safina Fellowship and Communicating Science Prize, and a four-time TED speaker. His new online game, BeastBox, has been distributed to over 3.5 million students nationwide, and he has written and produced films about science for National Geographic, bioGraphic, Slate.com, Smithsonian Magazine, Scientific American Online, Audubon Magazine Online, and many others. He lives in Ithaca, NY, and volunteers at the New York Audubon Society.