Benjamin C. Victor
Benjamin C. Victor, M.D. Ph.D.
Founder and President
Ocean Science Foundation
Dr. Benjamin Victor
has a variety of interests - fish biology, evolution, medicine, mycology (molds), geography, economics.
primary interest is in the larval ecology of coral reef fishes and its role in determining biogeography and population dynamics.
has worked in Panama, Galapagos, Baja California, Palau, Brazil and Bali with research concentration on the wrasse family (Labridae).
He received his Ph.D. in population biology at the University of California at Santa Barbara in 1986, working on tropical reef fishes and the importance of recruitment and larval ecology to reef populations.
After that, Dr. Victor continued his research on fishes, while graduating from medical school at The University of California at Irvine.
This was followed by an internship at Stanford University Hospital
in Palo Alto, California.
returned to Southern California to finish a residency in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology at UC Irvine
Since then he has worked as a consultant in medicine and ecology, and received an M.B.A. from UC Irvine.
In 2001, Dr. Victor started the non-profit Ocean Science Foundation to facilitate coral reef research by providing a research vessel to conservation and academic NGOs.
He is also the editor of CORALREEFFISH.COM, a website devoted to internet-speed scientific communication for coral reef fish biologists.