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Updated: May 3, 2016


It was recently announced (Fall 2015) that after 25 years of trying, finally Sacramento State has been given the go-ahead to build a new Science building, i.e., "Science II" This is a great opportunity, but also a time of great concern for me and others. Like so many projects in higher education right now, this project is vastly under-funded. Contrary to media announcements, this building will not be a replacement for existing buildings -- the new building will be a fraction of the size needed to replace our existing facilities, which are too small to begin with, given the number of students that we serve.

There is also the matter of raising funds to actually pay for the building. While the State is paying for a chunk of the new building, there is a sizable sum that will need to be raised locally.

My goal, and my track record, at Sacramento State, has been to provide as many quality research experiences for undergraduate and graduate students as I possibly can. To this end, I devote massive amounts of my time and my personal resources to making this happen. I feel that these opportunities, in addition to advancing science, equip our students with the experiences and skills that will help them live better lives, have more opportunities and make meaningful contributions to our society.

If you feel that this is a valuable goal, and you want to help make this happen in the future, then please consider donating to help build the new Evolutionary Ecology of Fishes Laboratory in Science II. Contact me if you are interested. Thank you.



Various manufacturers, organizations and individuals have generously supported the work of myself and my students over the years.

If you have new or good quality equipment that we might use, please let me know.

I would like to thank the following people and companies for their help.


Jim Ellenberger (donated equipment)

Marineland Aquarium Products (equipment donations)

Rohlf C. Hagen, Inc. (equipment donations)

Duboisi.com (discounted equipment)

Capitol Aquarium, Sacramento (discounted equipment)
1920 29TH St., Sacramento, CA 95816-7398;  

Troy Hanson (aquarium and equipment)

Hikari USA (fish food)

Anzo and Anges Costa (fish tank, stand, supplies)



Aquatic Specialties and Pets (ASAP),
31640 Hayman St., Hayward, CA 94544, 510-477-9683

Pam and Gary Chin
Sloughhouse, CA

San Jose, CA

Michael Lee
San Francisco, CA

Monterey, CA

Bradley King
Sacramento, CA

Jeff and Cecile Aadnesen
Sacramento, CA

Research Grants

Ohio Cichlid Association (Jim Smith fund)

Pacific Coast Cichlid Association (research grants, Cichlid Egg Project)

American Cichlid Association (research grants)

Fisheries Society of the British Isles (research grants)

WaterForum (research grants)


If you are seriously interested in, and able to afford, supporting a research expedition and would like to go along with me to Central America, South America, or Africa, email me and we can discuss it. Field research is not Club Med but it is a unique and fascinating experience. You would need to be physically fit and either able to snorkel or willing to learn. What does it cost? It costs roughly $3000-$5000 for a few weeks in the field in Central America (airfare, ground transportation, accomodation).



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