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Catherine Benson

Assistant Professor Biology


I am a broadly trained conservation biologist with expertise in fish and wildlife conservation, and wetland restoration ecology. I was hired at HCC in 2020 to teach courses in introductory biology and environmental science. I grew up in Silver Spring, Maryland, and although I have spent much of the last 15 years living across the U.S., I am excited to once again call the Chesapeake Bay my home.


  • B.S., Environmental Science and Policy, Clarkson University
  • M.S., Environmental Science and Engineering, Clarkson University
  • Ph.D., Interdisciplinary Bioscience and Biotechnology, Clarkson University

Research Interests

  • Conservation biology
  • Ecological monitoring
  • Fish and wildlife conservation
  • Environmental DNA analyses


Benson, et al. 2020. Integrating molecular techniques into the wildlife management classroom. 13th Biennial Conference on University Education in Natural Resources (Missoula, Montana)

Benson, et al. 2019. Using environmental DNA to characterize waterbird communities in Central Arizona. North American Duck Symposium (Winnipeg, Manitoba)

Benson, et al. 2019. Public-private partnership wetland restorations provide quality forage for waterbirds in Northern New York. Journal of Fish and Wildlife Management.

Courses Taught

  • BIO100 – Fundamentals of Biology
  • BIO119 – Biology for Health Professionals
  • BIO121 – General Biology II


  • A.S., Biology
  • A.S., Environmental Science