Benjamin Hess

Collections Manager, Mammalogy

11 West Jones Street, Raleigh, NC 27601


  • M.S. in Zoology, Minor in Statistics, North Carolina State University, 2016
  • M.S. in Biology, Shippensburg University
  • B.S. in Biology, Ecology and Environmental Biology concentration, Minor in Mathematics, Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania, 1999

Research Interests

Ben is a mammalogist focused on the geographic distributions of mammals, especially small mammals, and their morphological variation within their range. He investigates the variables between species at areas of overlap that allow them to co-exist, and identify their specific niche characteristics. Ben is responsible for the supervision of the Mammalogy Unit collection activities and the unit staff assisting with curatorial duties.


  • Hess, B.M. 2016. Distribution and Taxonomic Status of the Short-tailed Shrew (Genus Blarina) in North Carolina. (
  • Kirkland, G.L., Anderson, T., Barndt, C., Hess, B.M., Shropshire, S. and Slack, S. 1997. Small mammal community structure and dynamics in old growth forest: a long-term ecological study.
  • Kirkland, G.L., Galagher, T., Hess, B.M., Quinn, M. and Shropshire, S. 1997. Impact of PCB contamination on small mammal communities.



Fields of Research