Ben Hallowell was born on Long Island, New York where he grew up fishing, surfing, and boating in the surrounding waters. Many balmy summer evenings were spent exploring the unique ecosystems where coastal oak forests and spring-fed streams meet salt marshes and crashing ocean waves.
His desire to learn more about the natural world and the challenges it faces brought him to the University of Vermont, where he concentrated in Ecology and Conservation. After taking part in a field ecology-based study-abroad program in New Zealand, he returned to Vermont to intern with the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources.
After graduating from UVM he moved to the San Juan Islands to serve as the 2018 Fred E. Ellis summer intern with the Preservation Trust. Over the following two field seasons he worked as a Stewardship Assistant for the Maine Coast Heritage Trust.
Ben has a Master’s Degree in Environmental Law and Policy from Vermont Law School. He rejoined SJPT in 2022 and is excited and grateful for the opportunity to connect with the people and ecology of the San Juan Islands. Outside of work Ben can be found fishing, taking photos, cooking, and exploring the Islands with his partner, Olivia, and their dog, Maple.
Ben’s stewardship responsibilities include SJPT-protected properties on San Juan, Guemes, Fidalgo, and Lummi islands.