Ben Hamilton comes to UASC's board with a background in Marine Ecology certain to benefit UASC members and broaden the organization's perspective. A California native, Hamilton knew he was "hooked" on fishing at the tender age of four. He worked for a time as a commercial fisherman around the Channel Islands and applied his considerable mechanical knowledge doing marine engine and total vessel refurbishment. He recently retired from his position as a Consumer Safety Officer for the National Seafood Inspection Program of the US Department of Commerce and the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration, and the Marine Fisheries Service in Long Beach.
Hamilton was granted a Bachelor of Science in Biology (Ecology) with a minor in Chemistry from the University of Redlands, with an emphasis in research ecology of plant and animal species. He received his Masters in Marine Biology from Occidental College, doing research in Mercury Pollution and Primary Productivity, completing the research at Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena.
Hamilton's work on and around the ocean proves his lifelong dedication to protecting our marine ecosystems. UASC will benefit from Hamilton's 20+ years of experience in environmental work and 15 years of field ecology work focusing on estuaries and other critical marine habitats. Hamilton is Co-Founder of AnEcoScape.net, a multi-media entertainment company with veteran writer and entertainment publicist, Michael Conley.