A native of Minerva, OH, Benjamin Moran has been fascinated by ocean life. His passion started through reading and visiting aquariums, and blossomed in classes on oceanography and aquatic biology. When he got to Northeastern, he wasted no time before getting involved in research lab projects and public policy with the Marine Science Center. Moran delved further into his studies of marine biology by participating in Northeastern’s prestigious Three Seas Program, allowing him to study on San Juan Island, Washington, at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Bocas del Toro in the Caribbean Sea, and in the tropical ecosystem of Panama.
In his second year, Moran was awarded the Ernest F. Hollings Scholarship by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Using this two-year stipend, he hoped to fuse molecular biology, ecology, and fisheries science.