I co-coordinate Citizen Science at the California Academy of Sciences. Together with volunteers, we are working to understand and document California biodiversity. I also study nudibranchs and intertidal invertebrates. Although, most of my research has focused on the taxonomy and systematics of beautiful, really brightly colored, tropical chromodorid nudibranchs, I have a soft spot for California intertidal nudibranchs and all intertidal invertebrates .

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Hypselodoris - Photo (c) Richard Ling, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-SA) CC
Hypselodoris Info
Hypselodoris is a genus of colorful sea slugs or dorid nudibranchs, marine gastropod mollusks in the family Chromodorididae.... (From Wikipedia)
Black Phoebe - Photo (c) Len Blumin, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-ND) CC
Black Phoebe Info
The Black Phoebe (Sayornis nigricans) is a passerine bird in the tyrant-flycatcher family. It breeds from southwest Oregon and California south through Central and South America. It occurs year-round throughout most of its range and migrates less than the other birds in its genus, though its northern populations are partially migratory. Six subspecies are commonly recognized, although two are occasionally combined as separate species, the White-winged Phoebe. (From Wikipedia)
Hummingbirds - Photo (c) Anders Illum, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-ND) CC
Hummingbirds Info
Hummingbirds are birds that constitute the family Trochilidae. They are among the smallest of birds, most species measuring in the 7.5–13 cm (3–5 in) range. Indeed, the smallest extant bird species is a hummingbird, the 5-cm Bee Hummingbird. They hover in mid-air by rapidly flapping their wings 12–80 times per second (depending on the species). They are known as hummingbirds because of the humming sound created by their beating wings, which sometimes sounds like bees or other insects.... (From Wikipedia)
Rough Keyhole Limpet - Photo (c) nudibranchmom, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC), uploaded by Robin Agarwal CC
Rough Keyhole Limpet Info
Diodora aspera, common name the rough keyhole limpet, is a species of sea snail, a marine gastropod mollusk in the family Fissurellidae, the keyhole limpets. (From Wikipedia)
Owl Limpet - Photo (c) icosahedron, all rights reserved, uploaded by icosahedron C
Owl Limpet Info
Lottia gigantea, common name the owl limpet, giant owl limpet or solitary giant owl limpet, is a species of sea snail, a true limpet, a marine gastropod mollusc in the family Lottiidae. Its genome has been sequenced at the Joint Genome Institute. (From Wikipedia)
Giant Rock Scallop - Photo (c) calopteryx, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-SA) CC
Giant Rock Scallop Info
Crassadoma is a genus of scallops, marine bivalve molluscs in the family Pectinidae. It is monotypic, the only species being Crassadoma gigantea, the rock scallop, giant rock scallop or purple-hinge rock scallop. Although the small juveniles are free-swimming, they soon become sessile, and are cemented to the substrate. These scallops occur in the eastern Pacific Ocean. (From Wikipedia)
Black Abalone - Photo (c) pliffgrieff, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC) CC
Black Abalone Info
The black abalone, Haliotis cracherodii, is a species of large edible sea snail, a marine gastropod mollusk in the family Haliotidae, the abalones. (From Wikipedia)
Western Juniper - Photo (c) Mr Stobbe, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-SA) CC
Western Juniper Info
Juniperus occidentalis (Western Juniper and Sierra Juniper) is a shrub or tree native to the western United States, growing in mountains at altitudes of 800-3,000 m (rarely down to 100 m). (From Wikipedia)
Belted Kingfisher - Photo (c) Rick Leche - Photography, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-ND) CC
Belted Kingfisher Info
The Belted Kingfisher (Megaceryle alcyon) is a large, conspicuous water kingfisher, the only member of that group commonly found in the northern United States and Canada. It is depicted on the 1986 series Canadian $5 note. All kingfishers were formerly placed in one family, Alcedinidae, but recent research suggests that this should be divided into three. All six New World kingfishers, together with three Old World species, make up the new family Cerylidae. (From Wikipedia)
Cadlina - Photo (c) matt knoth, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-ND) CC
Cadlina Info
Cadlina is a genus of sea slugs, dorid nudibranchs, shell-less marine gastropod mollusks historically classified in the family Chromodorididae. Recent research by R.F. Johnson in 2011 has shown that Cadlina does not belong to the family Chromodorididae. She has therefore brought back the name Cadlinidae from synonymy with Chromodorididae. The family Cadlinidae also includes the genus Aldisa Bergh, 1878. (From Wikipedia)
Nudibranchs - Photo (c) Nazir Erwan Amin, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-SA) CC
Nudibranchs Info
A nudibranch /ˈnjuːdɨbræŋk/ is a member of Nudibranchia, a group of soft-bodied, marine gastropod mollusks which shed their shell after their larval stage. They are noted for their often extraordinary colors and striking forms. There are more than 3,000 described species of nudibranchs. (From Wikipedia)
White-lined Dirona - Photo (c) Gary McDonald, all rights reserved CC
White-lined Dirona Info
Dirona albolineata is a species of sea slug, an Eastern Pacific Ocean nudibranch, a marine, opisthobranch gastropod mollusk in the family Dironidae. (From Wikipedia)
Orange-peel Doris - Photo (c) matt knoth, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-ND) CC
Orange-peel Doris Info
The orange-peel doris, (Acanthodoris lutea), is a species of nudibranch or sea slug, a shell-less marine opisthobranch gastropod mollusk in the family Onchidorididae. (From Wikipedia)
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