Jeff Goddard

Unido: 13.abr.2016 Última actividad: 12.jul.2024 iNaturalist

I have been hooked on marine invertebrates ever since finding my first Hermissenda as a kid exploring the shores of Richardson Bay in Marin County, California. I am a Research Associate affiliated with both UCSB’s Marine Science Institute and the California Academy of Sciences' Department of Invertebrate Zoology and Geology and have enjoyed teaching at the Oregon Institute of Marine Biology, the Hatfield Marine Science Center, and the Midland School in the Santa Ynez Valley. In 2017 I was awarded Naturalist of the Year by the Western Society of Naturalists and for that, at their 98th Annual Meeting, gave a talk titled "My wilderness: Fifty years of exploration and discovery between Pacific Tides."

My research centers on nudibranchs and their allies, including studies of their prey, climate-related range shifts, systematics, and mode of development. My scientific publications can be accessed here:

During my years on the Oregon coast, and armed with Dave Lindberg's book Acmaeidae, I spent a fair amount of time learning the local limpets, inside and out, and am familiar with those of the Oregonian biogeographic province. I have side interests in botany, and am especially fond of serpentine endemics. I enjoy photography and can’t resist requests to identify mystery organisms found by others between Pacific tides. Most of my marine-related observations come from the intertidal zone, where I was often accompanied by my eagle-eyed twin sons, Will and Ziggy. In June 2020 my family and I moved to what had been our summer place in Maine, so now, when not vicariously tide-pooling on the west coast via iNaturalist, I am working to expand my knowledge of the coastal biota of the Gulf of Maine and NW Atlantic.

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