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invertebrate Zoology

Dr. Eric Hochberg hosted a return visit of Dr. Tsunemi Kubodera from Japan, and together they worked on recent giant squid findings as well as the specimen acquired by the department in 2006. Dr. Hochberg also presented a keynote paper on range expansion of jumbo squid at the annual meeting of the California Cooperative Oceanic Fisheries Investigations.

Dr. Daniel Geiger organized and chaired a symposium titled Micromolluscs: Methodological Challenges and Exciting Results at the international mollusk meeting held in Antwerp, Belgium in Summer 2007.

Paul Valentich-Scott traveled to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico for field and collection work with Research Associate Dr. Gene Coan in preparation for their forthcoming Panamic bivalve book. Valentich- Scott also presented a paper at the Antwerp mollusk meeting on new species of boring clams found in the Gulf of ī”ailand.

California Beetle Project Research

California Bettle Project fieldwork targeted the San Gabriel Mountains, recording more than 560 species of beetles from San Dimas Experimental Forest. Genetic research by Dr. Michael Caterino and Dr. Stylianos Chatzimanolis revealed high levels of hidden diversity in the southern California mountains. Dr. Andrew Short, a water beetle expert, joined the Beetle Project team in October 2007.

With the help of scientist dr. eric Hochberg, curator of invertebrate Zoology, Marshall Payatt

learned how the length of his body compared to the tentacle of a Giant squid.

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