Jeff Goddard

Joined: Apr 13, 2016 Last Active: Aug 12, 2020

I grew up exploring the shores of San Francisco Bay, and have been interested in the natural history and systematics of intertidal invertebrates from the northeast Pacific Ocean ever since. I am a Research Associate affiliated with both UC Santa Barbara's Marine Science Institute and the California Academy of Sciences, and study heterobranch sea slugs in the NE Pacific, including their diet-specificity, mode of development, systematics, and climate-related changes in distribution. I enjoy natural history in general and am especially fond of endemics. I received my Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolution from the University of Oregon in 1992 and spent years exploring and teaching on the Oregon coast through the Oregon Inst. of Marine Biology and the Hatfield Marine Science Center. My marine-related observations come mainly from the intertidal zone, and for about 10 years now I have been assisted on many trips by my eagle-eyed twins, Ziggy and Will (older now than in my profile pic!).

In the 1990s and 2000s I was privileged to co-teach Coastal Biology of Oregon many summers with my friend, evolutionary biologist, and naturalist extraordinaire, Dr. Stewart Schultz (author of The Northwest Coast: A Natural History; Timber Press 1990), and largely because of him, I also have side interests in botany.

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