Museum open Weds–Mon, Sea Center open daily, 10:00 AM–5:00 PM


All department staff are involved in active research on invertebrates. Our studies include describing new species of regional invertebrates, as well as helping document invertebrate biodiversity globally. These studies are critical to develop management and conservation strategies to cope with human impacts to the global environment.

Feel free to contact us with your questions about local and exotic invertebrates, click on our email address below, or phone us at 805-682-4711.

Henry Chaney, Ph.D., Curator, ext. 150
Specialist in marine snails and shells

Paul Valentich-Scott, Curator Emeritus of Malacology
Specialist in marine bivalves - clams, oysters, mussels, scallops

Vanessa Delnavaz, Invertebrate Zoology Collection Manager, ext. 146
Specialist in natural history collections care and management

Daniel Geiger, Ph.D., Curator of Malacology, ext. 152
Specialist in marine snails and limpets

Lucie Gimmel, Scientific Imaging Specialist
Specialist in macro photography and other imaging techniques

Matthew L. Gimmel, Ph.D., Curator of Entomology, ext. 151
Specialist in beetles, particularly Microcoleoptera

F. G. Hochberg, Ph.D., Curator Emeritus
Specialist in octopus, land snails, and parasites