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STEM Ambassadors

The STEM Ambassador Program began in 2016 as a training program for a small cohort of University of Utah scientists. Since then, we have grown to work with over 170 graduate students, post-docs, faculty, staff, and undergraduate students. Scroll down to learn about the scientists who have participated. Contact us if you would like to reach out to a STEM Ambassador.

Note that many Ambassador bios were uploaded when the Ambassador joined the program and may not be current.

Benjamin Breeden

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Benn Breeden works with Dr. Randall Irmis at the University of Utah. He is a vertebrate paleontologist broadly interested in the evolution of terrestrial ecosystems across the Triassic-Jurassic boundary, which is dated to 201.3 million years ago. His research in recent years has focused on the anatomy and evolutionary relationships of early dinosaurs and their closest relatives from across the Colorado Plateau, often utilizing X-ray computed tomography (CT) to help visualize the anatomy of fossils.
Benn received his MS in Geological Science from The University of Texas at Austin and his BS in Geology from The University of Maryland. Benn is a drummer and enjoys collecting vinyl records, playing Pokémon, and trying to learn Japanese.