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Using Live Animal Collection

Using Live Animal Collection

Aquarium Education Program

Alberto Lindner, Duke University

August 15, 2008

A Study of the Taxonomy of Hydrocorals of the Genus Stylaster (2002)  buttonLink

Samples of a local variety of cold water coral (Stylaster californicus) provided by the Aquarium of the Pacific have revealed, through the use of DNA analysis, that what was previously thought to be one species, is in fact, seven distinct species.

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Steve Blair, Aquarium of the Pacific

November 7, 2006

Humbolt Squid Husbandry Research (2006 - 2007)  buttonLink

Assistant Curator of Fishes Steve Blair traveled to the Gulf of California in September 2006, where he made observations on the behavior of these little understood animals and conducted experiments aimed at determining their ability to tolerate capture, anesthesia and transport.

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Marianne Porter, UC Irvine

November 7, 2006

Flexibility and Morphology of Spines in Swimming Sharks (2006 - present)  buttonLink

The Aquarium of the Pacific is currently supporting a study by UC Irvine researcher, Marianne Porter that examines vertebral flexibility of swimming sharks and its effect on their maneuverability. The ability to maneuver quickly and effectively has behavioral implications ranging from mating to prey capture and predator avoidance.

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Dr. Chris Lowe and Barbara Ziegler, CSULB

November 7, 2005

Leopard Shark Thermal Inertia Study (2005)  buttonLink

In 2005 the Aquarium’s animal husbandry department assisted California State University, Long Beach graduate student Barbara Zeigler in conducting research on leopard shark thermoregulation. Several of the Aquarium’s sharks were fed a small temperature logger then held in tanks containing water of varying temperatures. The purpose of this study was to determine the thermal inertia of leopard sharks (i.e.: How long can they maintain their body temperature in varied temperature environments?)

Captive Growth Rates and Reproductive Biology of the Weedy Sea Dragon (2003)

Kristy Forsgren and Dr. Chris Lowe, CSULB

November 7, 2003

Captive Growth Rates and Reproductive Biology of the Weedy Sea Dragon (2003)  buttonLink

The Aquarium of the Pacific supported this important study by providing Kristy Forsgren (a CSULB Master’s candidate) with the opportunity to conduct observations using their collection of rare weedy sea dragons.

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