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.
Patricia Sadeghian, M.A., Associate Curator and Department Chair, ext. 147
Specialist in ribbon worms, research interest in crabs
Henry Chaney, Ph.D., Curator, ext. 150
Specialist in marine snails and shells
Paul Valentich Scott, Curator, ext. 146
Specialist in marine bivalves - clams, oysters, mussels, scallops
Daniel Geiger, Ph.D., Curator of Malacology, ext. 152
Specialist in marine snails and limpets
F. G. Hochberg, Ph.D., Curator Emeritus, ext. 145
Specialist in octopus, land snails and parasites
Michael Caterino, Ph.D., Formerly Curator of Entomology - now at Clemson University