CBC BIOACOUSTICS LABORATORY
Dr. Robert Benson attended Texas State University, graduating in 1976 with a Bachelor of Science degree in physics. He went on to earn a Ph.D. in Cosmic Ray Physics at Texas A&M University (TAMU) in 1985. Dr. Benson joined the faculty of the Engineering Technology Department at Texas A&M University where he taught electronics and fiber optics. During his time there, he founded the Texas Engineering Extension Station’s Center for Bioacoustics (a field of science concerned with the sounds important in the environment of living animals) and through that Center, has completed numerous research projects.
Dr. Benson and the Center for Bioacoustics joined the faculty of the College of Science and Technology at Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi in 1997 where he taught a variety of technical courses including astronomy, physics and bioacoustics. He retired from TAMUCC in May of 2010 and joined Coastal Bend College (CBC) as Instructor of Physics and Astronomy. He moved the most enduring product of his two-decades of research and field work (the Natural Sounds Collection) to CBC.
Dr. Benson and his wife live on a small farm north of Beeville, Texas where they maintain a vineyard, propagate and grow native Texas Plants, and spend a great deal of time out of doors. Dr. Benson’s hobbies are birding, photography, field sports (especially falconry), and racing pigeons.