Ben received his B.S. in Physics and M.S. in Atmospheric Sciences from the University of Nevada, Reno, where he focused on novel instrumentation for quantifying brown and black carbon, in particular the development of the DRI Model 2015 Thermal/Optical Carbon Analyzer and its applications to national air quality monitoring networks. His current research focuses on fundamental radiative transfer properties of brown carbon aerosols emitted from smoldering wildfire fuels such as arctic peat. He continues to be involved in instrumentation development, including the construction of a 375 nm photoacoustic spectrometer and instrumentation to control AIR Lab’s new biomass burning chamber.