I can answer questions about aquatic insects and invertebrates native to California. If you have an identification request, please attach a photo to your question.
I was involved in collection and identification of aquatic invertebrates and insects for the United States Geological Survey, Biological Resources Division for six years. Also, I provided these same services intermittently for the UC Davis John Muir Institute of the Environment for many years. I have been a member of AllExperts.com since 2009.
Department of the Interior: United States Geological Survey, Davis Field Station; University of California, Davis Aggie Alumni Association; UC Davis Center for Neuroscience; U.S. Department of Veteran's Affairs
I have two B.A.'s from the University of California, Davis and two Associate's degrees from Sacramento City College.
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