Benneth Obitte is a conservation ecologist whose research interest centers around the human dimensions of conservation. Specifically, Ben focuses on understanding the impact of anthropogenic disturbances on the ecology of bats, as well as disentangling the human behavioral drivers of these disturbances. Ben is currently a doctoral candidate at Texas Tech University. He is the co-founder and Director of Conservation programs for Small Mammal Conservation Organization (SMACON), an NGO registered in Nigeria. SMACON Protects small mammals and their habitat across West Africa through capacity strengthening and evidence-based conservation that safeguards local livelihoods.