Ben's main research activities combine models from evolutionary ecology with analyses of archaeological evidence to investigate past human behaviour. Specific interests include hominin dispersals into mainland Southeast Asia, forager technologies and ecology in Australia, mainland Southeast Asia and elsewhere. He analyses how archaeology engages with local and online communities, and with popular culture. Ben is also interested in techniques and methods for reproducible research and open science. Ben has technical expertise with stone artefact analysis and geoarchaeology. He supervises the UW geoarchaeology laboratory.