Benjamin is an NSF Graduate Research Fellow and a PhD student in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology in the Jacobs Lab. He has been heavily involved in diversity and community outreach, particularly with undergraduates who identify as first-generation, low-income, and/or underrepresented minorities in higher education. Before graduate school, he worked full-time as a Program Representative at UCLA’s Undergraduate Research Center in the Sciences, which aims to increase diversity in the biomedical sciences. During graduate school, he served as the STEM Graduate Mentor at the Academic Advancement Program, which aids similar disadvantaged undergraduate populations. His general research interests are understanding how anthropogenic activities impact marine communities and populations, and how research may be applied toward marine conservation and policy. He is also interested in the effectiveness of teaching strategies that can improve the academic performance of minority undergraduates in STEM higher education. Benjamin identifies as a first-generation undergraduate, first-generation and first in his family to pursue a graduate degree, queer Vietnamese/Vietnamese-American, and a non-traditional graduate student. Benjamin is also a strong advocate for dancing and dark chocolate.