The aquatic environment covers the vast majority of our planet and is home to most of our biodiversity. You can see and compare the tropical Amazonian rainforest river as it floods the forest floor, the tropical mangrove forest, a salt water tropical coral reef, a California coastal kelp forest and a California freshwater stream.
Learn how we investigate the biology of these wonderful species through the research projects of Cal Poly Pomona students and faculty. Listen to the sounds of fishes, and learn about how they produce them and what they mean. See the electricity produced by fishes, and discover how and why so many fishes use this
strange form of communication.
Observe the variety of tropical coral reef species with their dazzling color patterns, and learn how they use their beauty to survive. You could come face-to-face with the South American lungfish, as it uses its gills in the water and breathes air with its lungs. You might even meet the strange four-eyed fish from South America that lives in the mangrove swamps.
Learn about our “Ferguson Flume”, an experimental freshwater stream, and how it is used to answer questions about what our native fishes need to survive. These answers help us to restore and conserve our degraded Southern California stream habitat.
Conserving our aquatic species and their habitat is important. You can help by learning more.