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                                                                           Photo of Dr. Ben Stout during a 3RQ experiment.
                                                                                    In memory of                                                                        
                                                                              Dr. Benjamin Stout 
                                                                                     1957 - 2018

                        Information for this article was gathered from and written by Glynis Board

Benjamin Stout grew up in Morgantown, West Virginia. As a boy, he enjoyed fishing and playing outside with his siblings. His work as an educator, an expert witness in the courtroom, as well as his work empowering citizens with science, made long-term impacts regionally and nationally. Stout was a powerhouse of environmental science and advocacy. In addition to this, Ben was a stream ecologist who dedicated his life to science, nature, and above all, community.

Throughout the past 26 years, Ben Stout worked at Wheeling Jesuit University in Wheeling, West Virginia as a professor of Biology, specializing in environmental science and sustainability. He spent a large portion of his career studying impacts of surface mining on watersheds and nearby communities. On account of Stout's experience, he was often times called as an expert witness in court cases surrounding watershed impairment. 

Dr. Benjamin Stout passed away on August 3rd, 2018 due to complications related to a recurrence of cancer. His character and determination will not soon be forgotten by his loved ones and colleagues. 

                          "Ben's integrity as a scientist was always first and foremost" - Paul Ziemkiewicz

                                "You couldn't help but just want to follow in his footsteps" - Jacob Keeny


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