Ben Fertig, aka Barnacle Ben has a PhD in Marine, Estuarine and Environmental Science from University of Maryland, College Park. He has been a science
educator since 2013 and has taught at the Community College of Baltimore County. In 2017 Ben volunteered as a naturalist with Irvine Nature Center.
He began training with Team Eric Energy at the end of 2017. Ben and his wife have been living in Maryland since 2003 and in the Baltimore area since 2011. They share their love of science with their young son and daughter.