Photo of Ben Young Landis, Creative Externalities. Photo by Sarah Stinson. The photo is of Ben signing a poster that reads "Support Diversity in SETAC" at the 2018 SETAC North America Annual Meeting.

Ben Young Landis

Designing Lasting Impact for Science, Environment, and Society
Founder, Creative Externalities

In Writing:


  • I am a writer, creative consultant, and trainer with roots in environmental management and ecology.
  • Analytically, I identify and connect contexts across issues, disciplines, and audiences.
  • Aesthetically, I embrace thoughtful messaging, inspired wordplay, and elegant design.

As a writer, I frame messages and pen eloquent copy to help nonprofit, academia, government, and industry clients connect with their audience — explaining their societal impact and core mission. As a consultant, I design resonant strategies and memorable brands — producing evocative stories, digital content, advertising collateral, and experiential events. As a trainer, I teach scientists and experts how to concisely and engagingly communicate their knowledge to others — answering the question “why should I care?” for communities and decisionmakers.


Current and past employers, clients, and collaborators include: Worcester Refugee Assistance Project • Wild River Fruit • whitekoat • U.S. Geological Survey • Verdant Word • UC Santa Cruz Coastal Science & Policy • UC Davis University Writing Program • UC Davis FUTURE • University of the Pacific • University of Alabama-Birmingham • Sonoma State University • Society of Environmental Journalists • Sigma Xi: The Scientific Research Honor Society • Science Talk • Science Storytellers • Science Says • Sacramento Valley Conservancy • Sacramento State University • Sacramento Ad Club FREEThink • Sac Science Distilled • SETAC North America • Powerhouse Science Center, California • North Carolina Sea Grant • NorCal SETAC • National Association of Science Writers (NASW) • Latino Outdoors • Latino Heritage Internship Program (LHIP) • Environmental Policy Innovation Center (EPIC) • Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) • Duke University Nicholas School of the Environment • Delta Science Fellows Program • Creative Science Writing • CCST Science & Technology Policy Fellowship • California Department of Water Resources Quality Assurance Program • California Council on Science and Technology (CCST) • Burroughs Wellcome Fund • BayWa r.e. Solar Systems (USA) • American Geophysical Union Thriving Earth Exchange • 10th World Conference of Science Journalists (WCSJ2017) • postdoctoral researchers and professors • early and mid-career professionals

Recent and Upcoming Appearances

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Connecting with Your Audience:
Tools for Effective Science Communication
Instructor: Ben Young Landis
May 4-6, 2021 | Virtual
Invited Guest Lectures, UC Santa Cruz Coastal Science & Policy Program

#SciPolComm 102: Understanding the California State Legislature
Instructor: Ben Young Landis and Sarah Brady PhD
April 23, 2021 | Virtual
Invited Workshop, UC Davis FUTURE Program

Data Science Solutions to Regulated Species Challenges in the Electric Power Industry: An EPRI-EPIC Workshop
Facilitator: Ben Young Landis
November 18-20, 2020 | Virtual
Workshop Information


AAAS Mass Media Science & Engineering Fellowship
American Association for the Advancement of Science
Placement: Orange County Register

Master of Environmental Management in Environmental Economics and Policy
Duke University, Nicholas School of the Environment
Focus included ecosystem services; virtual water; quantitative survey design; ecology and spirituality.

Bachelor of Arts in Evolution and Ecology
Minor in Education
University of California, Davis
Focus included aquatic ecology; fish biology; research management; kindergarten assistantship.

Professional Memberships and Leadership

I am the founder of Capital Science Communicators (@CapSciComm), a network for greater Sacramento students and professionals in journalism, public relations, creative, policy, outreach, and research. Since 2013, we have cultivated a vibrant regional community: local science cafés have proliferated from one to four active programs, and we continue to foster career advancement through our networking events, jobs listserv, and Twitter engagement.

Also: Duke Environment Club of Sacramento (Co-Founder) • NorCal SETAC (former Board Member) • American Association for the Advancement of Science (Member) • National Association of Science Writers (Member) • Science Communicators of North Carolina (Member)

Ideas I Value

We wanted to make the best for the most for the least.

Ray and Charles Eames

The place God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet.

Frederick Buechner
The logo for Creative Externalities. It is a square shape with the text C R 8 X T in white, against an orange background.