A permanent research department is founded with curator John
Joseph Slevin is hired by Van Denburgh to collect reptiles
on a 17 month-long expedition to the Galápagos.
Curator Van Denburgh arrives at the Academys Market
Street museum in time to rescue a few reptile specimens and
books from the building before it is destroyed by fire.
Curator Alan E. Levitons wide-ranging interests and
willingness to try innovative ideas leads to new ways of doing
science. This is the worlds first herpetology department
to computerize its collections in a database.
Stanford University gives its herpetology collection to the
Academy. Among these 53,299 items are specimens collected
in the Galápagos in 1889.
Following a years residence in Kenya, Curator Robert
C. Drewes initiates a wide-ranging program for the study of
African amphibians and reptiles.