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.
Michael Caterino, Ph.D., Curator and Department Chair, ext. 151
Specialist in insects and other terrestrial arthropods, especially beetles
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
Patricia Sadeghian, M.A., Associate Curator, ext. 147
Specialist in ribbon worms, research interest in crabs
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