Merav Ben David ~ U.S. Senate
Merav is a professor at the University of Wyoming and chair of the departments of Zoology and Physiology. An Israeli native, she received both her BSc (Biology) and MSc (Zoology) from Tel Aviv University, and her PhD (Wildlife Management) from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. As a post-doc fellow with the Institute of Arctic Biology, she studied the effects of the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill in Alaska. Her professional repertoire includes wildlife training, Arctic icebreaker expedition chief scientist, and ecology program director. In 2012, she received the Barrett-Hamilton distinguished ecologist award from the University of Manitoba for contributions to polar bear conservation. She also won the Excellence in Wildlife Education award from the Wildlife Society in 2016 and became a Wildlife Fellow in 2017. She is currently the editor-in-chief of Wildlife Monographs.
On healthcare . . .
Attracting and retaining physicians is needed to be able to offer an “excellent and affordable healthcare system…that includes mobile services to reach our far-flung ranches,” by expanding Medicaid and partaking in the national effort to expand healthcare and social security.
On the environment . . .
“Quality of life for outdoor lovers” and Wyoming’s “live and let live” attitude is at the heart of Merav’s philosophy. Wildlife preservation, conservation, clean air and water, locally-produced renewable energy and road maintenance, are among the issues Merav is passionate about.
Plans for Economy
Merav believes the sparsely populated and rugged state needs to diversify its economy to attract growth and economic viability. By using science to foster economic development, Wyoming can become a fertile place for enhancing artificial intelligence, biotechnology, DNA computing, material science and integrative planning that can help curb greenhouse gasses, develop electric off-road/hydrogen-celled vehicles, and other infrastructure that supports long-distance self-driving trucks.
Merav believes in giving people of Wyoming “a top-notch education from pre-school to college (through community colleges and the University of Wyoming).” In addition, Wyoming needs investment in job guarantee programs for adults transitioning careers by using “federal funds to support state-based job creation programs (instead of unemployment benefits and food stamps)…which guarantees employment after job losses and a minimum liveable wage while working.”