Claire Benjamin

| | University of Illinois

Claire Benjamin works to develop and implement a strategic communications plan to increase the visibility of the RIPE project's mission and scientific advancements. Claire earned her bachelor's degree in agricultural communications and went on to earn her master's degree in advertising. She began her career as a science writer at the Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology where she wrote about DNA debunking war elephant myths, animal models paving the way for life-saving medical devices, and how RIPE's advancements can help feed the world. Her stories have been picked up by the Yahoo News, Wired, Smithsonian Magazine, Motherboard, and other publications. She also coordinates the communications for three other projects: Plants Engineered to Replace Oil in Sugarcane and Sweet Sorghum (PETROSS) and Transportation Energy Resource from Renewable Agriculture - Mobile Energy-Crop Phenotyping Platform (TERRA-MEPP) and Water Efficient Sorghum Technologies (WEST).