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A Mixture of Two Worlds

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Date: September 6, 2012
Contact: Yvonne Menard, 805-658-5725

In September National Park Service biologist Dan Richards will share some of the wonder that captured his interest in marine science as he discusses the dynamic intertidal zone, an extreme environment that bridges land and sea.

Richards has been monitoring 21 rocky intertidal sites at Channel Islands National Park for nearly 30 years. During this time, he has documented fluctuations and declines in intertidal species. In his talk Richards will describe the diversity of marine life at the Channel Islands and examine how organisms adapt to the changing rocky intertidal environment.

Richards manages the marine monitoring program at Channel Islands National Park. He earned undergraduate and master's degrees in marine biology from the University of California at Santa Barbara and Humboldt State University respectively. In his 30 years at the Channel Islands he has surveyed white abalone, investigated the decline of black abalone, and participated on the science panels for the Marine Life Protection Act and the Channel Islands Marine Reserve Working Group.

This talk will be held on September 12, 2012. The From Shore to Sea lecture series is sponsored by Channel Islands National Park to further the understanding of current research on the Channel Islands and surrounding waters. The lectures occur at 7:00 pm on the second Wednesday of March, April, May, September, October, and November at the Channel Islands National Park Robert J. Lagomarsino Visitor Center, 1901 Spinnaker Drive in the Ventura Harbor. The programs are free and open to the public.

Did You Know?

Island night lizard                                     C. Drost

The only reptile found on Santa Barbara Island is the endemic and threatened island night lizard. These lizards can live up to 20 years or more, but once established in a territory generally remain within a 3-meter radius their entire life.