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About Us 

The California Academy of Sciences is a world-class scientific and cultural institution based in San Francisco. The Academy recently opened a new facility in Golden Gate Park, a 400,000 square foot structure that houses an aquarium, a planetarium a natural history museum and a 4-story rainforest all under one roof.

The new facility is also home to the Academy’s staff of world-class scientists, an education department that provides a wide range of student and teacher services, and an extensive science library with nearly 46 million specimens and artifacts.

Our Mission

The mission of the California Academy of Sciences is to explore, explain and sustain life.

Our Values and Ethics

All those involved with the Academy share a commitment to high standards both within the organization and in dealing with others.

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Research and Education

The Academy is an international center for scientific research and education and is at the forefront of efforts to understand and protect the diversity of Earth’s living things. The Institute for Biodiversity Science and Sustainability supports a staff of over 70 professional scientists, including 30 Ph.D.-level scientists, supported by more than 100 Research and Field Associates and over 300 Fellows. It hosts 12 fields of research, including anthropology, aquatic biology, botany, comparative genomics, entomology, geology, herpetology, ichthyology, invertebrate zoology, mammalogy, microbiology and ornithology. The Institute’s research collections, which are among the world’s largest, include 45.6 million specimens—essential tools for comparative studies of the natural world and a library of life that documents historical change of biodiversity over time.

Management Team

Jonathan Foley, Ph.D., Executive Director,
William R. and Gretchen B. Kimball Chair
Elizabeth Babcock, Ph.D., Chief Public Engagement Officer,
Roberts Dean of Education
Alison Brown, Chief of Staff & Chief Financial Officer
Melissa Felder, Chief Marketing Officer
Janet Harris, Chief Development Officer
Margaret “Meg” Lowman, Ph.D., Chief of Science and Sustainability,
Dean of Science and Research Collections, Harry W. and Diana V. Hind Chair,
Lindsay Chair of Botany

Board of Trustees

Bruce Alberts, Ph.D.
James N. Alexander
John C. Atwater
Matthew Barger
Elizabeth Blackburn, Ph.D.
Richard C. Blum
Teresa Briggs
Dan Carroll
Penny Coulter
Troy Daniels
Juliet de Baubigny
William F. Duhamel
Peter Fenton
John H.N. Fisher
Rosemary Gillespie, Ph.D.
John Hafernik, Ph.D., President
Glenn W. Holsclaw
Oliver Jenkyn
Steve Krognes
David M. Kennedy, Ph.D.
Salman Khan


Roger Kuo
Sharon Long, Ph.D.
Lawrence Miao
Susan Oberndorf
Emilie Munger Ogden
Elizabeth R. Patterson
Gary Pinkus
William S. Price, III
Marta Salas-Porras
Kurt N. Simon
Jill Tarter, Ph.D.
Virginia Goss Tusher, Ph.D.
Jerome C. Vascellaro, Chair
Geerat Vermeij, Ph.D.
Summer Tompkins Walker
Geisha Williams
Richard Yorke
Ron Zeff
Adrienne L. Zihlman, Ph.D.
Mary Zlot

Friends Steering Committee

Mei K. Chen
Natalie Dana
Elizabeth S. Fisher
Gretchen Frank
Joann Franklin-Knox
Jane Gruber
Elizabeth B. Hamren
Kathryn Lasater
Jennifer E. Lively
Sherrill Lybrook
Chris Mattison
Betsy McDermott
Janet B. McKinley
Jackie Nemerovski
Susan Oberndorf
Leslie Olrich


Julie Parish
Liebe Patterson
Mary Read
Wendy Reicher
Victoire Reynal Brown
Catarina Schwab
Stacey Scott
Jenny Stegall
Christine Stovell
Lisa Tarter
Summer Tompkins Walker
Dyan Triffo
Virginia Tusher, Chair
Ashley Waltemath
Letitia Yang



The Academy adheres to industry standards in the museum and aquarium communities. The Academy is accredited by the American Association of Museums. Steinhart Aquarium is accredited by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums.

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Annual Report


Annual Report 2013

Want to know where the Academy is going—and where we’ve been? Learn how our chief stewards see the future, discover perspectives from members of the Academy’s extended family, meet the partners that make it all possible, and see how we are sustaining the Academy for adventures ahead. At the California Academy of Sciences, 2013 was an exciting year; view our 2013 Annual Report to learn more.

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Making Headlines


Feel the excitement the new Academy is generating in the press. Learn more

In 2007-08, Academy scientists were featured in over 170 books, journals and magazines around the world. Download the list