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Ben Mirin Receives The Scott Pearlman Field Award

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Ben Mirin, Wildlife DJ, sound artist, educator, and explorer, will receive the 2017 Scott Pearlman Field Award to support his expedition to record endemic frog species in Cusuco National Park in Honduras.

Ben Mirin MR’16, has been an expedition leader and team member on multiple acoustic research expeditions sponsored by The National Geographic Society, The Safina Center, and several other organizations that focused on collecting natural sound for research, conservation, and communicating science to diverse audiences. Ben’s team will also be publishing an editorial film about their expedition in bioGraphic Magazine, a publication of the California Academy of Sciences.

“Our objective is to record calls of Honduran endemic frog species before they go extinct. Our targets include a possible new species, and two species whose calls have never been recorded before. We hope these recordings will promote amphibian conservation by celebrating sounds heard nowhere else on earth.” – Ben Mirin

Exploration and field research require a high level of dedication and enormous commitment of personal time and financial resources. The 2017 Scott Pearlman Field Award Committee and The Explorers Club are proud to support Ben Mirin’s expedition with a grant of $10,000.

A few words from his endorsers:

“Ben is in a league of his own.”
    – Carl Safina, The Safina Center

“I realized that his music could work for engaging young people into conservation.”
    – Dr. Patirica Wright, Stony Brook University

“The sounds Ben records on his expeditions are stunningly beautiful, and the music he creates from nature is entertaining and revolutionary for science communication.”
    – Elise I. Boeger, Cultural Platinum Network

For more information about Ben and his exciting work, please visit:

•    Benmirin.com

•    “DJing to the sounds of nature” – Ben Mirin TED Talk

Top photo © Drew Fulton


Published by : Explorers Club Staff

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