As of February 2020, I am the Collections Manager of Ichthyology at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County. The fish collections here have about 170,000 lots with 3 million specimens, making it one of the largest ichthyology collections in North America. My roles here are to maintain the collections, facilitate the use of specimens in the scientific community, lead public outreach, assist volunteers, and to conduct my own research using the collections. Broadly, my research focuses on three areas of study: 1) fish systematics and evolutionary processes, 2) taxonomy and ecology of the early life history stages of marine fishes, and 3) biomechanics. Some specific projects I am working on at the moment include studying factors influencing the diversity and distribution of ichthyoplankton in the Red Sea and Arabian Gulf, locomotion in long-bodied fishes, and the evolution of the mechanosensory system in fishes.
Previously, I spent four years as a research scientist at King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia. There, my research was focused on examining patterns of diversity and distribution of zooplankton in the Arabian Gulf and Red Sea. This work focused on the total plankton community and, along with my colleagues, included phytoplankton, zooplankton, ichthyoplankton, and numerous physical and environmental parameters. Much of that work will be wrapping up in 2020.
Welcome to my website! I will be using this as a platform to update you all on the activities at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County and my research!