Evolutionary Biologist, BBC Broadcaster & Great Ape Conservationist
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Dr. Ben Garrod is an evolutionary biologist with a passion for bones and the stories they reveal.
He is Professor of Evolutionary Biology and Science Engagement at the University of East Anglia
Ben’s television work includes, Attenborough and the Giant Dinosaur with Sir David Attenborough (BBC One), his award-winning BBC Four series Secrets of Bones, and the recent Natural World documentary Red Ape: Saving the Orangutans (BBC Two).
As a primatologist, Ben has spent over a decade observing the relationships between animals and humans, in a bid to understand the natural world and our place within it. He is a firm believer that learning about an individual can teach you about an entire species. This is something he realised while developing a chimpanzee conservation field site for renowned chimpanzee scientist Dr Jane Goodall in Uganda and developed through studying what determines a species throughout the course of his PhD studying island-living monkeys.
His take on the future of our planet is balanced on a theory of the power of one. One individual’s decisions and impact can make a difference, regardless of age, sex or position.