The Academy was founded in 1853 to conduct natural science research. Today, the Academy’s Institute for Biodiversity Science and Sustainability continues to discover, document and share knowledge of the natural world.
The Institute supports world-class scientists, researchers, fellows, and graduate students in 12 fields of study. Through expeditions around the globe and investigations in the lab, they strive to understand the evolution and interconnectedness of life and guide critical conservation decisions. It’s their collective effort that is pushing the scientific envelope, informing Academy exhibits and programs, and helping citizens here and abroad to be sustainable stewards of Earth’s biodiversity.
Learn more about Academy scientists and their work