Ben has a background in Marine Science, and has spent the last few years researching the ecology of coastal systems in Australia.
Recognising the need for better visual communication of results and ideas in science, he began to explore news ways of working with his data – leading him to tools such as Tableau.
Inspired by the deluge of open data flowing in from various sources, Ben turned his attention from his own data to public datasets, to investigate a range of topics – including sports, global trading patterns, human geography, and crime trends. His passion for data-driven storytelling has since prompted him to swap the lab for newsroom, where he undertook an internship at the Financial Times data journalism desk.
Now he is keen to work with bigger data in a range of contexts, telling stories that are clear and engaging, with visualisations that are both beautiful and functional.