Ben Siegelman

Ben Siegelman

Coastal conservation and development specialist focused on the human dimensions of environmental management. Experienced in participatory project design and management, applied social science projects, and community outreach. Expertise in cross-cultural work including extended fieldwork in rural Malawi and Mexico, with strong communications skills and fluent proficiency in English, Spanish, and Chitumbuka.

Career Interests

Community-based coastal management International conservation and development Participatory project design and management Fisheries Management Marine Protected Areas/Coastal Protected Areas
Employment Sought:


Master of Environmental Management, May 2019
Nicholas School of the Environment
Duke University, Durham, NC
Focus in Coastal Environmental Management
Certificate in Community-Based Environmental Management
Certificate in International Development Policy 
Leadership: Executive Board Member, Diverse and Inclusive Community for the Environment
Coursework: Community-Based Environmental Management, Coastal Ecology, Conservation and Development, Aquaculture, GIS
Master of Arts, May 2018
North Carolina State University Raleigh, NC
Major in Cultural Anthropology
Teaching Assistant, Introduction to Anthropology, 2016-2018
Leadership: Organizing Board Member, Leaders for Political Dialogue inter-university initiative
Master’s Project: The gendered impacts of marine protected areas in a rural Mexican fishery
Coursework: Environmental Anthropology, Applied Anthropology, Gender and Development
Bachelor of Arts, May 2007
Columbia University New York, NY
Ethnomusicology Major

Professional Experience

Research Assistant, Ethnography Specialist, Basurto Lab Social-Ecological Systems NSF Research, San Evaristo, BCS, Mexico
Designed and conducted social science research on gender and the social impacts of Community-Based Marine Protected Areas to inform policy recommendations. Coordinated meetings between academic researchers, conservation NGOs, and local fishing communities in order to facilitate collaborative project design and research. Facilitated Ethnographic Methods for Environmental Management Workshop for 20 participants comprised of Conservation NGO staff and PhD students. May-August 2017
HIV Wellness Program Coordinator, HIV Navigator, Mary's Center for Maternal and Child Health, Washington D.C.
Planned and implemented HIV clinic and HIV Peer Advocate program for patient empowerment, serving 50+ HIV patients and maintaining a retention rate of 97%. Provided long-term individual, strengths-based counseling to HIV patients and their families in Spanish and English. Initiated Peer Advocate program, and trained Peer Advocate Counselors in patient-centered counseling, active listening, conflict mitigation and resolution, cultural competency, and peer-oriented program models. Managed staff, through individual meetings, group sessions, and formal quarterly review. Coordinated HIV clinic logistics, and conducted data collection and grant reporting. May 2013-Janury 2016
Community Health and HIV/AIDS Advisor, Peace Corps Malawi, Karonga District, Malawi
Designed, administered, and facilitated Environmental Stewardship, Nutrition, and Gender Equity trainings in a rural area with population 40,000. Tracked compliance and conducted reporting for all projects. Conducted 3-month Participatory Needs Assessment with local stakeholders. Coordinated 8 medicinal garden projects and Youth Group tree nursery project in collaboration with local communities, health center staff, and traditional healers, using Traditional Ecological Knowledge to address failures in the medicine supply chain. Wrote grant proposals and received $4,000 for the Temwanani HIV/AIDS Support Group agriculture collective, resulting in crop diversification and a new irrigation scheme. Taught grant writing skills to 20 members of community groups and local organizations. Facilitated Gender Equity training for 60 members of local Youth Groups and attendees of GLOW camp for girls’ empowerment. Chaired the Peace Corps Diversity Committee, and facilitated diversity trainings for 50 Peace Corps Volunteers. July 2010-September 2012

Additional Information

Specialized Skills: Applied Anthropology, Conflict Resolution and Facilitation, Project Management, PADI AOW Certified, Participatory Needs Assessment, ArcGIS Pro
Presentations & Publications:
Siegelman, Benjamin. Lies Build Trust: Social Capital, Manhood, and Ethnographic Insights for Fisheries Management. The Society for Applied Anthropology Annual Meeting, April 3-7, 2018; Philadelphia, PA.
Siegelman, Benjamin. Engendering Conservation: Gender, MPA Management, and A Social Science Approach to Conservation. The University of North Carolina Environment and Ecology Symposium, March 24, 2017; Chapel Hill, NC.
Siegelman, Benjamin. Engendering Conservation: A Social Science Approach to Biodiversity Conservation. E.O. Wilson Biodiversity Foundation Biodiversity Days, March 2-3, 2017; Durham, NC.
Siegelman, Benjamin and Marcia Truman. HIV Navigation: A Holistic Model for Building Participant Wellness. Rural HIV Research and Training Conference, Oct. 23 -24, 2015; Savannah, GA.
Siegelman, Benjamin, A. Marachelian, S. Linhales Barker, and C. Sol. Retention Into Care Through an HIV Navigation Model in the DC Metropolitan Area: Description of a Collaborative HIV Prevention and Care Model Between La Clínica del Pueblo and Mary's Center. Annual Latino Health Disparities Conference, Sept. 25, 2014; Washington, DC.
Coursework: Social Sciences and Participatory Methods: Qualitative Research Methods; Applied Anthropology; Community-Based Environmental Management; Participatory Decision-Making Techniques. Coastal Environmental Policy: Conservation and Development; Ocean and Coastal Law and Policy; Political Analysis of the Commons; Environmental Anthropology. Technical Expertise Courses: Geographic Information Systems (GIS); Aquaculture; Marine Ecology;
Master’s Project: The gendered impacts of Marine Protected Areas in a rural Mexican fishery


community-based management
international development policy
marine protected areas management
stakeholder engagement

Graduation Date

May 2019

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Preferred Location


Preferred Sector

Federal Government
Non-profit / NGO
Research Institute / Think Tank