Mating Behaviors of Fish at the Channel Islands

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Date: February 18, 2016
Contact: Yvonne Menard, 805-658-5725

Tonight, Dr. Milton Love, a research biologist at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) Marine Science Institute, will discuss the wide range of behaviors that mating fish exhibit during the February From Shore to Sea lecture.

Fish are the most diverse group of vertebrates on the planet, a diversity that extends to the spectrum of behaviors that they demonstrate. Love will explore these many kinds of behaviors, including the mimicking of female fish, sex role reversal, and hermaphroditism. He will talk specifically on those traits displayed by the fish that inhabit the waters around the Channel Islands.

Love received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Environmental Biology and a Master of Arts and Ph.D. in Zoology from UCSB. He has worked at UCSB for the past 47 years holding positions as a research assistant, assistant and associate research biologist, and now research biologist at the Marine Science Institute. His publications include Everyman's Guide to Ecological Living and Probably More Than You Wanted to Know About the Fishes of the Pacific Coast.

This year's From Shore to Sea lecture series is extended to a monthly series in honor of the National Park Service (NPS) Centennial. Tonight's talk will be held on Thursday, February 18, 2016. 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 marine waters. The 2016 lecture series will take place at 7:00 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month, January through December, at the Channel Islands National Park Robert J. Lagomarsino Visitor Center, 1901 Spinnaker Drive in Ventura Harbor. This extended schedule is in honor of the National Park Service's milestone centennial anniversary, which celebrates 100 years of national parks. The programs are free and open to the public.

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