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Benjamin Kraushaar is a scientist, photographer and storyteller of all things outdoors. 

Benjamin kraushaar grew up in southwest Colorado, an area rich in public land access and recreational opportunities. From the desolate deserts of Canyonlands to the rugged ridges of the San Juan mountains, the unique geography of the southwest influenced Ben’s decision to pursue a life in the outdoors.

Ben received a B.S. in Environmental Geology from Fort Lewis College in 2008 and after a seasonal stint working as a hydrologist in Jackson, WY, Ben returned to Colorado and worked as a Land Surveyor for two years. During this time, Ben decided he needed an adventure and subsequently backpacked and fly fished for 500 miles along the Colorado Trail.

This trip enhanced Ben’s passion for adventure photography and before returning to graduate school at the University of Wyoming, Ben freelanced for Outside Online, and other mountain biking and fly fishing media outlets. Now, Ben is a Kemmerer Fellow at the University of Wyoming and is pursuing a project that uses outdoor recreation as a vessel for science communication.

In 2019, Ben along with a crew of artists and academics will embark on a 90 day, 1000 mile raft trip that commemorates the 150 year anniversary of John Wesley Powell’s Colorado River Exploring Expedition. Ben plans on using rafting to collect water quality data for the entire extent of the expedition route. Simple science on a large scale. In addition to collecting water quality data, Ben will use the raft trip as a a means to communicate both social and environmental issues that pertain to the Colorado River Basin. He will harness the power of visual arts to engage communities before, during, and after the trip


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