- I am a writer, creative consultant, and trainer with roots in environmental management and ecology.
- Analytically, I identify and connect contexts across issues, disciplines, and audiences.
- Aesthetically, I embrace thoughtful messaging, inspired wordplay, and elegant design.
As a writer, I frame messages and pen eloquent copy to help nonprofit, academia, government, and industry clients connect with their audience — explaining their societal impact and core mission. As a consultant, I design resonant strategies and memorable brands — producing evocative stories, digital content, advertising collateral, and experiential events. As a trainer, I teach scientists and experts how to concisely and engagingly communicate their knowledge to others — answering the question “why should I care?” for communities and decisionmakers.
Current and past employers, clients, and collaborators include: Worcester Refugee Assistance Project • Wild River • U.S. Geological Survey • Verdant Word • UC Santa Cruz Coastal Science & Policy • UC Davis FUTURE • UC Davis CMSI • University of the Pacific • University of Alabama-Birmingham • Sonoma State University • Society of Environmental Journalists • Sigma Xi: The Scientific Research Honor Society • Science Talk • Science Says • Sacramento Valley Conservancy • Sacramento State University • Sacramento Ad Club FREEThink • Sacramentality.com • Sac Science Distilled • SETAC North America • Powerhouse Science Center, California • North Carolina Sea Grant • NorCal SETAC • National Association of Science Writers • Latino Outdoors • Latino Heritage Internship Program • Duke University Nicholas School of the Environment • Delta Science Fellows Program • Creative Science Writing • CCST Science & Technology Policy Fellowship • California Council on Science and Technology • Burroughs Wellcome Fund • Barbara On The Bill • American Geophysical Union Thriving Earth Exchange • 10th World Conference of Science Journalists • postdoctoral researchers and professors
Getting Your SciComm On:
A Tour of Science Writing Careers
Speaker: Ben Young Landis
January 29th, 2019 | Sonoma State University, California
Invited Lecture, Department of Biology Spring 2019 Colloquium
AAAS Mass Media Science & Engineering Fellowship
American Association for the Advancement of Science
Placement: Orange County Register
Master of Environmental Management in Environmental Economics and Policy
Duke University, Nicholas School of the Environment
Focus included ecosystem services; virtual water; quantitative survey design; ecology and spirituality.
Bachelor of Arts in Evolution and Ecology
Minor in Education
University of California, Davis
Focus included aquatic ecology; fish biology; research management; kindergarten assistantship.
Professional Memberships and Leadership
I am the founder of Capital Science Communicators (@CapSciComm), a network for greater Sacramento students and professionals in journalism, public relations, creative, policy, outreach, and research. Since 2013, we have cultivated a vibrant regional community: local science cafés have proliferated from one to four active programs, and we continue to foster career advancement through our networking events, jobs listserv, and Twitter engagement.
Also: Duke Environment Club of Sacramento (Co-Founder) • NorCal SETAC (Board Member) • AAAS (Member) • American Geophysical Union (Member) • National Association of Science Writers (Member) • SCONC (Member)
Ideas I Value
We wanted to make the best for the most for the least.Ray and Charles Eames
The place God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet.Frederick Buechner