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Benjamin Burford

Benjamin Burford

Ph.D. Student in Biology, admitted Autumn 2015


I earned my B.S. in field and wildlife biology from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo in 2013. After graduation, I worked for the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute and the National Marine Fisheries Service in the respective fields of deep sea and anadromous fish ecology. In fall 2015, I enrolled in the Biology PhD program at Stanford University where my research utilizes in situ footage, scientific surveys, animal-borne data loggers, oceanographic data and molecular techniques to understand the migratory behaviors of ecologically and economically important Pacific squids and the environmental drivers and impacts of these movements.

Academic Appointments

Ph.D. Student in Biology, admitted Autumn 2015

Boards, Advisory Committees, Professional Organizations

Collaborator, National Marine Fisheries Service Southwest Fisheries Science Center (2016 - Present)
Collaborator, Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (2015 - Present)

Professional Education

B.S., California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo, Biology (2013)


Burford, B. P., & Robison, B. H. (2020). Bioluminescent backlighting illuminates the complex visual signals of a social squid in the deep sea. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America.

Burford, B. P., Carey, N., Gilly, W. F., & Goldbogen, J. A. (2019). Grouping reduces the metabolic demand of a social squid. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 612.

Burford, B. P., Lee, G., Friedman, D. A., Brachmann, E., Khan, R., MacArthur-Waltz, D. J., … Gordon, D. M. (2018). Foraging behavior and locomotion of the invasive Argentine ant from winter aggregations. PloS One, 13(8), e0202117.

Burford, B. P., Schlining, K. L., Reisenbichler, K. R., & Robison, B. H. (2018). Pelagic shrimp play dead in deep oxygen minima. PloS One, 13(11), e0207249.

Burford, B. P., Robison, B. H., & Sherlock, R. E. (2015). Behaviour and mimicry in the juvenile and subadult life stages of the mesopelagic squid Chiroteuthis calyx. Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom, 95(06).