Evolutionary Ecology of Fishes Laboratory: Resources
The Evolutionary Ecology of Fishes Laboratory has a number of resources available or accessible for use by graduate or undergraduate students wishing to do research.
1. Aquarium Rooms
We have three aquarium rooms suitable for maintaining aquaria with tropical or temperate fishes. The rooms are equipped with an air supply, shelving, aquaria and sink. We currently house about 150 fish tanks of various sizes (mostly 20 gallons).
2. Lab stuff
The lab has a lot of basic equipment to do whole-organism based research, e.g., dissecting microscopes, 3D scanner, cameras, etc. Through CIMERA (#4) and other labs at CSUS and elsewhere, we have access to other more technical equipment should the need arise, e.g., DNA analysis, SEM.
3. CSUS Fish and Herp Collections
The CSUS fish collection, part of the Museum of Ectothermic Vertebrates, is a small, but diverse collection of fishes, totalling some 2700 lots. We also have a nice collection of herps.
4. CSUS CIMERA facility
The CIMERA maintains a modern facility for molecular biology research. It is located in the basement of Sequoia Hall.
5. Boats and field vehicles
The Department of Biological Sciences has aluminum boats, various sizes of boat motors, a boat trailer and various field vehicles capable of towing the boats.
6. Natural Habitats
Located in the Central Valley of Northern California, numerous aquatic habitats are readily accessible. Freshwater habitats include the Lower American River (about 100 feet away) and Sacramento Rivers, home of numerous salmon runs, various other lakes and rivers and the Delta region. Marine habitats include San Francisco Bay, the area north of that (e.g. Bodega Marine Station), the area south of that (e.g., Monterey Bay, including the Moss Landing Marine Laboratory).
I do most of my field work in the New World tropics, Costa Rica in particular, but also Panama, Nicaragua, Mexico and Brazil. I strongly encourage students to do field work, either in California or elsewhere.