Ben grew up on the west coast of British Columbia and has a natural interest in the exploration of the Ocean. He moved to Victoria to complete a B.Sc. in Physics from UVic that included co-op work terms in air and underwater acoustics, climate modelling and astronomy. His interest in underwater acoustics lead him to a graduate project with UVic professor Ross Chapman to deploy a seabed mapping system onboard the remotely operated vehicle ROPOS to map the extent of the Barkley Canyon gas hydrates, in partial collaboration with NEPTUNE/VENUS.
Ben’s ideas on improving the science behind acoustic remote sensing became the basis of his Ph.D. research. This research was conducted in collaboration with Quester Tangent, a local seabed mapping company. After completing his Ph.D. April 2011, Ben worked with Quester Tangent for a short time, gaining further experience in software development while incorporating the innovations from his research into a commercial software product.
Ben joined the NEPTUNE Canada team April 3, 2012. When Ben is not writing MATLAB code, he can be found surfing, playing ultimate or chasing around his young son.
NEPTUNE Canada staff are listed below. For more contacts, see our full listing of staff within VENUS, Ocean Networks Canada, and the Ocean Networks Canada Centre for Enterprise and Engagement.
Kate Moran, director
Kim Juniper, associate director
Fern Johnson, associate director
Ian Kulin, associate director (interim)
The following external consultants have worked closely with NEPTUNE Canada in the past.
Benoît Pirenne, associate director
Li Yan, Visiting Scientist, China National Ocean Technology Centre
Eric Guillemot, Manager, Software Team
Bob Crosby, Team Lead
Martin Hofmann, systems manager