Dr. Benjamin Vallejo Jr. is a Professor at the University of the Philippines-Diliman where he teaches Biogeography, Environmental Science, and Science, Technology and Society. His research work deals with the biogeography of the Philippines and Wallacea, coastal and intertidal ecology, urban environments, and invasive species biology, ballast water management and antifouling program for the Philippine maritime industry.
Upon receiving his master’s degree in 1993, he worked in setting up the ReefBase global coral reef databases at ICLARM (now WorldFish). He received his PhD in 2004 from James Cook University in Australia where he did a thesis on the biogeography of coral reef shore gastropods. He has taught in the Ateneo de Manila before assuming his appointment in the University of the Philippines