Explore Science offers a window into our scientific collections and highlights the people, issues, and scientific breakthroughs that are redefining how we understand—and protect—life on Earth.
How did Academy scientists unravel the mystery of this unusual shark birth?
One-quarter of all known shark, ray, and chimaera species are globally threatened, with many more in question.
How much do we really know about sharks and rays? And how many of them need our help and protection?
The Future of Coral Reefs
Coral reefs are in trouble globally, but efforts are underway to save them.
Learn how and why octopuses, squid, and cuttlefish change colors.
Color in Nature
Some octopuses can sense light with their skin.
An Academy researcher is studying the adorable, elusive pygmy sloth, a critically endangered species.
Saving Endangered Species
Steinhart Aquarium researchers traveled to South Africa to help save hundreds of penguin chicks from starvation.
Learn more about the symbiosis between cleaner wrasses and their clients
Genomics provides evidence for the role of selection in the diversification of fishes.
Academy researcher John McCosker talks about local sharks and efforts to protect them.
Academy scientists describe some of the spectacular organisms that can be discovered in the shallows.
A newly discovered frog can change textures from smooth to "punk rocker" in a matter of minutes!
By taking high resolution images of our collections, the Academy is making our specimens available to the world.
The dottyback, a small reef fish, can use mimicry to fool multiple species of prey.
Spring equinox myths and truths...