Biosciences Division


Benjamin L. Preston

Environmental Sciences Division
Oak Ridge National Laboratory
PO Box 2008, MS-6038
One Bethel Valley Road
Oak Ridge, TN 37831-6253
Phone: +1 865 574 6496
Cell: +1 865 456 6531
Fax: +1 865 576 2943


Benjamin joined Oak Ridge National Laboratory in 2010 in order to contribute to the Climate Change Science Institute’s work on climate change impacts, adaptation and vulnerability.  His work at ORNL is particularly focused on linking understanding regarding climate science to the social, economic, and ecological systems that will bear the consequences of climate change. Benjamin joined ORNL from Australia’s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO) where he was a Research Scientist with the Division of Marine and Atmospheric Research and the CSIRO’s Climate Adaptation Flagship research initiative.  His research in Australia focused on climate change vulnerability and risk assessments, particularly for human settlements and water resources, and engagement with stakeholders regarding adaptation planning.  Prior to his tenure with the CSIRO, he was a Senior Research Fellow with the Pew Center on Global Climate Change in Arlington, Virginia, where he provided technical advice on climate change science and impacts to policy makers, the media and the general public.  Before embarking on a career in climate change, Benjamin’s early research experiences included freshwater and estuarine toxicology as well as environmental health.  Benjamin received a BSc in Biology from the College of William and Mary and a PhD in Environmental Biology from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Professional Interests

1) Integrated approaches to the assessment of climate change vulnerability and risk
2) Identification of barriers and opportunities associated with adaptation to climate change
3) Use of geographic information systems in environmental assessment


PhD, Georgia Institute of Technology (2000)
BSc, College of William and Mary (1996)