Albert Kellogg, Californias first resident botanist,
is a founder of the Academy and its first Curator of Botany.
Mary Katherine Curran Brandegee is the Academys first
paid curator of Botany. She is succeeded in 1892 by botanist
After the 1906 earthquake, Alice Eastwood saves 1,500 specimens
before fire destroys the museum.
Curator John Thomas Howells interest in the botany of
California will lead to more than 500 publications including,
in 1970, Marin Flora.
Curator Dennis Breedlove works in Mexicos southernmost
state on the Flora of Chiapas. He also studies the uses and
classification of plants by Mayan speaking people.
Reflecting the Academys research focus on global biodiversity
hot spots, Curator Kim Steiner studies flowers and pollinators
in Africas Cape Floristic Province.