Dr. Ben Vernasco
Ben began his scientific career as an undergraduate at Humboldt State University (HSU). He earned his B.S. in Applied Vertebrate Ecology in the Spring of 2013. Prior to graduate school, he explored the Western Hemisphere while working various seasonal bird jobs for governmental organizations, universities, and non-governmental organizations.
Ben joined the Moore lab in the Fall of 2014 as a Ph.D. student and was co-advised by Dr. Brandt Ryder of the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute. Ben is interested in understanding the proximate mechanisms underlying animal behavior, reproductive success, and survival. His work utilized a variety of field and lab techniques to study both captive and free-living organisms.
Ben completed his PhD in August of 2019. His research investigated the mechanistic links between testosterone, social behavior, and social network structure in wire-tailed manakins. He is currently a Post Doctoral Fellow working with the US Forest Service Pacific Northwest Research Station.