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
Creative Externalities (Est. 2015)

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  • I am a creative consultant 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.
  • Strategically, I sculpt and refine clear frameworks for organizational missions and processes.


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 • UC Davis BioLaunch Program • 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 • Boston University SciCommers • BayWa r.e. Solar Systems (USA) • American Geophysical Union Thriving Earth Exchange • AAAS Mass Media Science & Engineering Fellowship • 10th World Conference of Science Journalists (WCSJ2017) • postdoctoral researchers and professors • early and mid-career professionals


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.

Community Building

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, CapSciComm has cultivated a vibrant regional community — and the current network leaders continue to foster career advancement through networking events and member engagement.

I am also the co-founder of the Congress of Regional Science Writers Groups (#SciWriCongress). The consortium unites independent local professional networks serving science communicators — such as CapSciComm, DCSWA, SCONC, SciWriRockies, and more — through knowledge sharing and collaboration resources for their administrators and group leaders.

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.

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